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Life and Fate
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman
A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century. Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope.Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves. This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.
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Leftcoastzen
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Since @emilyhaldi suggested reading #NYRBchunksters I wanted to show off my old edition,one of the reviews of Grossmans Stalingrad mentions that they overlap .This edition was a publishing event in March of 1986 https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/10/25/review-vasily-grossmans-stalingrad/

emilyhaldi Oooohhh love.... that dark cover is a mood 🖤 2w
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emilyhaldi
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One of my reading goals for the year is to tackle one of these #nyrbchunksters ... Who's with me?! If any #NYRBclassics lovers or #NYRBbookclub members have any interest, hit me up for a buddy read 👋🏻

sisilia I‘ll be reading Life and Fate on 19th this month 😸 .. Have you read Stalingrad? 2w
Leftcoastzen @sisilia remind me , I think Life & Fate was translated first , but Stalingrad was written first? 2w
Leftcoastzen I read Life & Fate years ago but could do a re read.The others look good too! 2w
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emilyhaldi Oh crap... Do I need to read Stalingrad first?? @sisilia I didn't realize it was a prequel to this book! Or can they be read independently? (edited) 2w
emilyhaldi @Leftcoastzen glad you would be interested!! Did you enjoy L&F? 2w
merelybookish I'm intrigued by Eustace and Hilda. But not sure I can commit because those are some serious chunksters! But if you decide to read it, let me know. 2w
emilyhaldi @vivastory I hope I'm not overstepping the book club by making this suggestion.. I only assume that it's a rare chance someone will nominate a chunkster for their selection? 😂 2w
Leftcoastzen I did! And I could be wrong, but you know how it can be with translations ,they don‘t always come in order especially from countries with complicated politics. 2w
sisilia @emilyhaldi It‘s fine if you skip Stalingrad; the consensus is that Life and Fate is a much better story 🤩 Let‘s do it! Hahaha 2w
emilyhaldi @merelybookish I know, I'm somewhat intimidated by these chunksters, but im inexplicably drawn to concrete-slab-like books 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
sisilia @Leftcoastzen That‘s correct. The translator Robert Chandler is considering to redo L&F but no specified date yet 2w
emilyhaldi @sisilia the 19th of this month might be a challenge for me with all the other books I have lined up but I'll see what I can do! Would love to be able to join you. 2w
sisilia No worries @emilyhaldi I read Stalingrad in Nov, and am hoping that I still remember all the Russian names if I read it this month 🤞🏻 (edited) 2w
Leftcoastzen @sisilia thanks ! I read in my old edition of L&F that Stalingrad was serialized in a periodical as For a Just Cause , he ran afoul of Stalin ,it was “hacked up” with a post Stalin edition with parts restored in 1956 .In 1960 KGB confiscated manuscript of L&F,so Grossman never saw it published. 2w
Leftcoastzen Long story short I would try to work a chunkster into the rotation!😃 2w
Liz_M I would be interested in either L&F or E&H, but in April. I am (always) reading nyrb's Anniversaries and have a group read of Don Passos's USA for the first quarter. 😁 2w
emilyhaldi Oh! @Liz_M I have Anniversaries on my shelf too.. how are you liking it?! I think April might be a good time for me too.. maybe we can start to plan a readalong for that time period too 2w
emilyhaldi Fascinating history!! @Leftcoastzen how are you feeling about working L&F into your January to-read?? If it's too soon for you too perhaps we can do another buddy read for later in the year 2w
Suet624 Thank you for tagging me but I don‘t think I‘ll be able to. I‘m so tempted, but I HAVE to deal with the books I already own. It‘s my one goal of the year! My one exception are books for the NYRBbookclub. 😀 2w
LeahBergen @Suet624 I‘m trying to do the same thing (and with the same exception 😆). 2w
Leftcoastzen I could probably add it in , but if you want more people to join in, I could wait. 2w
BarbaraBB I‘d love to read L&F but January is too soon for me. If you decide to read it later in the year, I‘d love to join! 2w
batsy Thank you for tagging me! I don't own any of these and at the moment not sure if I will buy them, but I've been interested in A&C for a long time so if you do plan to read it after March or so, please feel free to give me a shout then 🙂 2w
Suet624 @LeahBergen I‘m not sure why it‘s so hard to do. 🤦🏻‍♀️ but I‘m going to go crazy if I don‘t. I read almost 100 books last year - imagine if those had all been mine and not the library‘s! Good luck to you, Leah. Hopefully we can keep encouraging each other. 2w
Suet624 @LeahBergen Also, did you see that @shawnmooney is trying to do the same thing? Well, at least read or deal with one shelf of books. 😀 he talked about it on his recent YouTube post. (edited) 2w
Reviewsbylola You didn‘t even tag your own sister. Damn, that‘s cold. 2w
emilyhaldi LOLOL I don't know how I forgot you 😂😂 @Reviewsbylola 2w
emilyhaldi @Suet624 @LeahBergen good luck to you both! My goal is similar in that I really need to work through the collection of NYRB classics I‘ve amassed over the past year 😅 2w
vivastory I'd definitely be interested in joining one of these. Are you still thinking of reading Life and Fate? 2w
vivastory And no, you're not overstepping the book club. The more NYRB that is read, the better 👍🙂 2w
emilyhaldi @vivastory yes definitely! L&F is high on my list. Perhaps we should plan on regrouping in March/April to see how everyone is feeling about giving this one a go?! @Leftcoastzen @Liz_M @BarbaraBB 1w
vivastory I'd be interested in reading it. Tag me when others are too 👍 Or, if you decide on another NYRB chunkster 1w
Leftcoastzen I‘m game! 1w
Liz_M I might have committed to reading Ducks in March. 😬 1w
BarbaraBB I‘d be interested too! 1w
emilyhaldi Oh boy! @Liz_M that will surely keep you busy 😆 perhaps the group will be fine with April instead if that works better for you. We can touch base in a couple of months!! 6d
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Yllie
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman
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-Daddy, what have we got to eat for today?
-We have this potato, my love.
-And who is that fat man with a moustache looking at us?
-That is comrade Stalin, my love, he wants our potato.

#vassiligrossman #vasilygrossman #vidaedestino #literature #books #bookstagram #author #reading #dogs #lifeandfate #literatura #livros #autor #leitura #cachorro #potato #yllieandreifauru

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Simona
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Day 4 #7covers7days

Would you like to join @PlayingBonny ? Post a photo of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation, and each day invite a Litten to play the game #CoverCrush

SupTeaReadBooks I‘ll give it a go 😊 4mo
batsy Nice one! I love the spines of these editions 😍 4mo
Simona @PlayingBonny It‘s a fun, enjoy 😘 4mo
Simona @batsy Me too, it‘s very satisfying view 😘 4mo
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Simona
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Last challenge for this year - done ✅ and my favorite book from this list is V. Grossman -Life and Fate.

#ReadAroundTheWorld

RachelO Yay! And I love your page 🌏 13mo
batsy Beautiful 😍 13mo
BarbaraBB How good that you managed to read them all! 13mo
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Lel2403 I love your journal....so pretty 13mo
MaGoose Very nice journal. 😍💕❤ 13mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It was just one book a month.😁 13mo
BarbaraBB @Simona Yes but I found it hard to find books of certain countries. Do you know if there will be a continuation next year? 13mo
Simona @BarbaraBB ☺️ My main source is Scribd, I found most of the books there. I don‘t know nothing about continuation of this challenge ... we will have to wait for @jenp. Maybe @BookwormM knows? 13mo
BookwormM @Simona we do intend to continue into next year in the next few days I will randomly select the next 12 countries and post them to the blog and here 13mo
Simona Thank you @BookwormM 🙏. @BarbaraBB The answer 👆 13mo
BarbaraBB @BookwormM Yay! I hope to join next year again (for some months at least... ☺️) @JenP 13mo
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This story demands commitment, but the reward at the end is absolutely worth the time. It isn‘t a flawless story, but it is the story with clear message - that there is no difference between totalitarian regimes, and is the story through which you can understand without any judgment what it means living in psychotic times when line between right and wrong isn‘t clear anymore, and when your personal moral/ethics is question of the state.

Simona My last book for #ReadAroundTheWorld #Russia 🇷🇺 13mo
Leftcoastzen I read it years ago , difficult and worth it. 13mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen Oh yes, difficult and challenging, but unforgettable! 13mo
batsy Lovely review, Simona ❤️ 13mo
Simona Thank you @batsy ☺️ 13mo
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I‘m speechless ...

Lindy 😱😥 13mo
merelybookish Yikes! 😧 13mo
Bklover No. Oh no. 😳😧🥴 13mo
BarbaraBB Horrible. 🙁 13mo
batsy 😔😔😔 13mo
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Simona
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From my current read. I‘m few pages in and I already like it❣️

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Simona
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I really like this collection with playful, vibrant #nakedSpines Interesting choice for heavy stories.

#readingResolutions

GatheringBooks is there an english version of the first book of life and fate? i saw on goodreads that this is actually the second book of a duology, but couldn‘t find an english version of the first book. 2y
Simona @GatheringBooks I don‘t know nothing about the English version of the For Just a Cause, but my understanding is that this is not the first book. Life and Fate is rewritten Just a Cause (after Stalin‘s death). I‘m currently not at home, but I will check the introduction (I think it‘s by translator) and reported back to you, if anything is mentioned about Cause. (edited) 2y
batsy So pretty! 2y
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Simona @GatheringBooks From translator‘s Introduction: ‘Intended as a sequel to the politically less heretical For Just a Cause, Life and Fate is better seen as a separate novel that includes many of the same characters.‘ I also did some googling, and it looks that For Just a Cause was not translated. 2y
Simona @batsy I know 😘😘😘😘 2y
arubabookwoman Those look like lovely editions. I loved all those books, though it‘s been about 45 years since I read Dr. Zhivago. I say that it warrants a reread. 2y
LeahBergen So pretty! 2y
GatheringBooks @Simona thank youuu! much appreciated. i hope it can also serve as a stand-alone. 😍 2y
Simona @GatheringBooks I‘m sure it can👍 2y
Simona @arubabookwoman It‘s on my ‘reread‘ list ... because I can‘t remember if I had read it or I saw the movie 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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I really want this to be my next read, but I've been having so little time to read and this seems like such an investment time-wise that I am unsure if I will manage! But I've heard it be compared to war and peace ( one of my absolute favourites) and the story sounds so interesting that I think I'll have to try it out!

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charl08
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What I like...is he's not trying to teach me anything.

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charl08
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A girl was embracing a fair haired soldier... meanwhile the rest of the world was perfectly still.

charl08 Oops, dark haired soldier. Freud, do with that what you will... 2y
MayJasper 😁 2y
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charl08
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...the strange incongruity between the tremendous military strength of the Soviet state and this dark kitchen with its poverty, gossip and general pettiness; the incongruity between cold, hard steel and kitchen pots and pans full of potato peelings.

Oblomov26 Read this several years back, amazing book which presented a very human picture of Stalingrad 2y
Minervasbutler Loved it! 2y
charl08 @Minervasbutler @Oblomov26 it's amazing, but also Heavy. Good argument for a kindle copy. 2y
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A few of my newest arrivals. I think Life and Fate is going to be my next "Challenging Read" that I'll take a couple months working my way through on the side. I've heard great things.

ReadingEnvy Ooh I just got Broken River too. 3y
vivastory Broken River is brilliant 3y
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feministtexican
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I splurged and ordered these from the UK. They're part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. So far, I just see the Anna Karenina one available in the US. (I'll buy the other three next paycheck. 😍)

Mindyrecycles ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
AJBowers Worth it! 3y
unproductivemale Wow they look stunning 2y
kaysworld1 Did you get them all because no have one I think I could send to you, save you some money? Xxx 12mo
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MeaMck
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Pickpick

Read this book if you're into:
Stalinist Russia
Historical Fiction
Crying by yourself in a busy café

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shawnmooney
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Taking advantage of the time difference here in Tokyo to be one of the first open my Valentine's Day presents! @Simona oh my God what a wonderful assortment of bookish and other goodies! Thank you so much! Probably my favorite thing was your warm, very personal message in the card! The books look fantastic and all the other stuff too! If you can wait until next year, let's buddy-read Life and Fate! 😘❤😘❤
#CupidGoesPostal #ValentinesBookExchange.

andrew61 There was a tremendous BBC Radio 4 adaptation a few years ago of Life and Fate that may stll be available on bbc archive and/or iTunes. 3y
TrishB Wow 😀 fab gifts! 3y
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LeahBergen Ooo, you lucky duck! I really enjoyed The North Water and LOVE Kate Atkinson. Life and Fate has been on my "want" list, too. Good job, @Simona ! 3y
Moray_Reads Amazing! I adore Life and Fate 💕💕 3y
LeahBergen And I'm a bookmark coveter. 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Cruel. Just cruel. 😉 3y
Bookzombie Great gifts! 3y
SusanInTiburon What a nice way to celebrate! 3y
bookwrm526 Wow!! 3y
asiriusreader Lovely assortment!! 😻 3y
Simona @shawnmooney I wouldn't put my hand into the fire that you're going to read them to the end 😂 ...but I hope that you're going to enjoy at least in a few pages. 😘 3y
shawnmooney @Simona Ha! I can certainly guarantee that I'll eat the chocolates all away to the end. 😍 But seriously, you've chosen well – I can't wait to get into these new books! 3y
Simona @shawnmooney At least something 😙😉I wanted to send you a more personalized package, that would reflect my culture and the area from which I come, but there are problems with translated books... I'm glad that you will give these books a chance and I'm very curious about yours reaction on North Water. 😘 3y
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RachelMack
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'Remember and that your mother's love is always with you, in grief and in happiness, no one has the strength to destroy it.' #LifeandFate #PowerfulWords #RussianClassic

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schmia
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Clearly intended to be the War and Peace of the 20th century -- I confess I am still making my way through War and Peace but about a third of the way through that book and would pick Life and Fate over it (you know, in case you are really struggling with which Russian epic novel to choose....if you are on Litsy I assume you want to and should read both! :)

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My favorite page of the year, from the NYRB's amazing LIFE AND FATE. Chills.

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that_danny_mac
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A classic of of WW2, totalitarianism versus freedom, and the state versus the individual. A must read.

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that_danny_mac
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How can one describe that last, quick look at a beloveds face? How can a man live with the merciless memory of how, during the silence of parting, he blinked for a moment to hide the crude joy he felt at having managed to save his life?

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that_danny_mac
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman

"What does a woman who has lost her children care about a philosophers definition of good and evil?"

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that_danny_mac
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"A soul can live in torment for years and years, even decades, as it slowly, stone by stone, builds a mound over a grave; as it moves towards the apprehension of eternal loss and bows down before reality."

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that_danny_mac
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"Instead of valour or gallantry, you could hear the sadness of a soul parting with everything it loved..."