The 20th century 'War and Peace', a broad portrait of an age and a searing vision of Stalinist Russia, 'Life and Fate' is also the story of a family, the Shaposhnikovs, whose lives in the army, the gulag, a physics institute, a power station and a concentration camp are stunningly evoked, from their darkest to their most poetic moments. Judged so dangerous by the Soviet authorities that the manuscript was immediately confiscated when completed in 1960, Grossman's masterpiece was finally smuggled into the West and published in 1980.

Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series)

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