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Life and Fate


An epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs.

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Overall customer rating: 5.000
Malcolm J

Horror story.

by Malcolm J on Aug 22, 2013

I am having to break up the reading of 'Life and Fate'. Knowing that it is based on Vasily Grossman's real life experience it is dreadful to know the horrific lives and deaths of so many people at the hands of Hitlers Germans, and Joseph Stalin's tyranny. I do not read the book at bed time, and have ... More

Michael B

haunting book

by Michael B on Dec 6, 2012

This book was arrested by the KGB while the author was allowed to remain free. However copies had been smuggled abroad. It presents Soviet Communism as being little different to Nazism. Grossman intercuts between scenes in a gulag and a concentration camp. Grossman was a war reporter with the Soviet ... More

Andrew M

Stalingrad, Stalin and Soviet Society

by Andrew M on Dec 1, 2011

I came to this novel with the assistance of Athony Beevor's 'Stalingrad', though could be enjoyed without it.Following the complexity of the narrative of the family relationships is difficult but it draws you in to a deeply human tale of the effects of war on individuals and society. At times so moving ... More

Steven W S

My Favorite Book

by Steven W S on Nov 24, 2011

This great book is my favorite historical novel. Its scope and power allow the reader to fully understand the fact that Russian Communism and German National Socialism were little more than ugly, feuding brothers, struggling for power. More


Classic WW2 epic

by billbolen on Mar 4, 2010

One of great novels to come out of WWII. Based around battle of Stalingrad and families involved. Incredible insight into Soviet State and Fascism. Long read but worth it. More

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