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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

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Easily Distracted: Things which aren't Warcraft

A couple of other games have been distracting me from WoW recently.

First up is the amazing, awesome and hilarious Scribblenauts Unlimited. It has haunted houses, dinosaurs and castles to explore plus the Headless Horseman as an art lover which is absolutely how I envisioned him. 288 more words

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"A Soviet Critic from Within": a Vasily Grossman Q & A with Marat Grinberg

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve posted several times on Vasily Grossman’s epic novel Life and Fate. You can read my introductory thoughts on the novel… 1,518 more words

"Yes, Here I Am": Life and Fate's Holocaust

Among other things, Life and Fate is an important contribution to the literature of the Holocaust. The Holocaust touched Grossman personally. I’ve referred now a couple of times in these posts on the novel to his essay “The Hell of Treblinka.” Grossman was with the Red Army when it arrived at the former killing center, which the Germans had largely abandoned in 1943. 2,818 more words

"Melting Snow in Saucepans": Grossman's Lists

Grossman likes lists.

His lists are strictly accumulative. They aren’t for qualifications, hesitations, or refinements. They are always about saying more: a fitting rhetorical technique for this epic work. 1,884 more words

"Gone Crazy": Life and Fate's Characters

Thesis: in Life and Fate there are only minor characters.

Yes, the family Shaposhnikova is at the center of the book. Yes, Viktor is modeled on Grossman and his fall from and return to political favour is compellingly detailed. 1,588 more words

"An Extraordinary Warmth": Vasily Grossman's Life and Fate

I spent the first part of June reading Vasily Grossman’s extraordinary WWII epic Life and Fate and ever since I’ve been in a reading slump. It’s hard to match Grossman’s accomplishment, especially his way of combining big picture and small details. 2,483 more words