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August favourites #12: Russian novels

Russia is a huge country and it has gone in for more than its fair share of huge – as in door-stopper size – novels, a number of which are rightly classics. 211 more words


Ernst Wiechert: The Jeromin Children

It’s been quiet lately on this blog because I took an 1100-page novel away on holiday and have only just finished it… a long book, which will end up with a long review. 925 more words


The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman

For the last few years I’ve been reading twentieth century Russian authors, my favourite being Mikhail Bulgakov, so it was only natural that I’d make it to Vasily Grossman and his epic  605 more words

Book Reviews

The Holocaust, World War II, and Gulag Novel You've Never Heard About And Must Read: Vasily Grossman's Life And Fate (1960)

  Life and Fate travels from bloody street fighting in Stalingrad between the armies of Stalin and Hitler to torture chambers in the Lubyanka, headquarters of the Soviet secret police.  2,553 more words

Life and Fate (Review)

Life and Fate is an epic novel about the Battle of Stalingrad. Its scope is broader than this might suggest. The large cast of characters and the many settings take us on a journey through history. 2,508 more words