Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century Alexandra Popoff

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
14 May 2019
ISBN:
9780300222784
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
424 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
27 b-w illus.

The definitive biography of Soviet Jewish dissident writer Vasily Grossman

If Vasily Grossman’s 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, and before Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag. But Life and Fate was seized by the KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Peace of the twentieth century. Always at the epicenter of events, Grossman (1905–1964) was among the first to describe the Holocaust and the Ukrainian famine. His 1944 article "The Hell of Treblinka,” became evidence at Nuremberg. Grossman’s powerful anti-totalitarian works liken the Nazis’ crimes against humanity with those of Stalin. We are only now able to examine Grossman’s prose, which has the everlasting quality of great art, as well as his life and legacy, which Popoff’s authoritative biography illuminates.

Alexandra Popoff is a former Moscow journalist, an expert on Russian literature and cultural history, and the author of several literary biographies, including the award-winning Sophia Tolstoy, and The Wives, a Wall Street Journal best nonfiction title for 2012.