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The staircase (continued): Plot

Plot is story. A series of events is introduced, developed and played out; there is often suspense and tension to keep the reader engaged and involved. 411 more words


Paris - Kindness is Our Resistance to Evil

This seems particularly apt from Vasily Grossman today. His novel Life and Fate holds some very impartant lessons and observations about humanity, a timeless read. I have no words to express the sadness that I feel for what happened in Paris last night, how can we humans do this? 184 more words


Thank You Asya!

Today is International Women’s day and it is a great occasion to celebrate some fantastic women. There is one woman in the history of Russian literature that is hugely influential, yet for some reason often overlooked. 705 more words

Vasily Grossman

A Dangerous Novel

In his novel Life and Fate
Vasily Grossman exposed the horrors of the Soviet system

Some of the Soviet intellectuals acknowledged
He had told the truth… 40 more words

World Literature

Life & Fate (Berdychiv, Ukraine Part Two): Vasily Grossman, The Last Letter & A Mother's Love

On August 6th, 1941 Adolf Hitler visited Berdychiv, Ukraine. He came as an all-conquering warlord. A visit by Hitler to Ukraine could have only meant only one thing. 1,256 more words

Eastern Europe

Random Acts of History - Berdychiv, Ukraine (Part One): Heart of Romance, Heart of Darkness

I sincerely doubt that anyone reading this post has visited or ever will visit Berdychiv, Ukraine. This modestly sized city of approximately 80,000 people is located in the west-central portion of Ukraine, about 100 miles from Kiev. 1,110 more words

Eastern Europe