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Stalingrad
Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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Stalingrad is the prequel to Life and Fate, one of the twentieth centurys greatest novels. This is its first publication in English. In April 1942, Hitler and Mussolini plan the huge offensive on the Eastern Front that will culminate in the greatest battle in human history. Hundreds of miles away, Pyotr Vavilov receives his call-up papers and spends a final night with his wife and children in the hut that is his home. As war approaches, the Shaposhnikov family gathers for a meal: despite her age, Alexandra will soon become a refugee; Tolya will enlist in the reserves; Vera, a nurse, will fall in love with a wounded pilot; and Viktor Shtrum will receive a letter from his doomed mother which will haunt him forever. The war will consume the lives of a huge cast of characters lives which express Grossmans grand themes of the nation and the individual, natures beauty and wars cruelty, love and separation. For months, Soviet forces are driven back inexorably by the German advance eastward and eventually Stalingrad is all that remains between the invaders and victory. The city stands on a cliff-top by the Volga river. The battle for Stalingrad a maelstrom of violence and firepower will reduce it to ruins. But it will also be the cradle of a new sense of hope. Stalingrad is a magnificent novel not only of war but of all human life: its subjects are mothers and daughters, husbands and brothers, generals, nurses, political officers, steelworkers, tractor girls. It is tender, epic, and a testament to the power of the human spirit.
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sisilia
Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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Immediate TBR stack. Those on the right are books I read this year

Leftcoastzen Life and fate was incredible! 4d
sisilia @tamra Have you read “Augustus” and “Nothing but the Night”? 3d
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sisilia @Leftcoastzen ❤️ I hope I do the right thing by reading Stalingrad first 🤞🏻 Keeping the best for last 😀 3d
Tamra @sisilia I haven‘t. I‘m glad you mentioned them because I had forgotten! I already have “Night” on my Kindle and it got buried. “Augustus” I wouldn‘t have been attracted to before I took my antiquity lit course, but now I am. Thank you for asking! 3d
Tamra @sisilia beware “Night” has a super creepy cover. 😮 3d
Tamra I just borrowed the audio version of Augustus. 😁 3d
LeahBergen The top 3 are on my TBR, too. 👍🏻 3d
arubabookwoman I loved Life and Fate, and preordered Stalingrad for my Kindle on the strength of that. It‘s been a while, but I haven‘t gotten to it yet. Soon..... 3d
sisilia @Tamra Oh yes, the eyes on the cover 😱 John Williams is too good to ignore. After Stoner, I‘m determined to read all of his novels. Thankfully, he only wrote four. If he were Georges Simenon, I‘d die and go bankrupt 😅 3d
sisilia @LeahBergen Yay! 🙌🏻 3d
sisilia @arubabookwoman I‘m so glad that I hear more and more people loving Life and Fate. I heard that Stalingrad has less impact but is similarly awesome 3d
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Stalingrad | Vasily Grossman
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#JulyTBR stack 2 #TBR Where to begin?

StayCurious That‘s a healthy stack! 3mo
BookishTrish @StayCurious It‘s only 50% and already much to ambitious, but I REALLY do want to read them all soon. 3mo
BookishTrish @MellieAntoinette Reader after my own ❤️ 3mo
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