Life and Fate


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.

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Life and Fate is an epic tale of twentieth-century Russia told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs, from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Stalingrad.

As the battle of Stalingrad looms, Grossman’s characters must work out their destinies in a world torn by ideological tyranny and war.

Completed in 1960 and then confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet Society remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West in 1980, where it was hailed as a masterpiece.

‘One of the finest Russian novels of the 20th century’ Daily Telegraph

‘Compelling… Grossman’s portrait is timelessly relevant… Life and Fate is worth all the audience it can find’ The Times

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Weight 0.801 kg
Dimensions 21.6 × 15.3 × 3.8 cm






xxx, 864




891.7344 (edition:23)


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