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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… 39 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

Annals of Underappreciated Writers (Volume 1): Vasily Grossman

Vasily Grossman, a Jew, was a great Soviet war correspondent in WWII. His war journalism, recently published as A Writer At War, is simply superb… 731 more words

Alone in Berlin

I’ve just finished reading Hans Fallada’s extraordinary novel, ‘Alone in Berlin.’ In it, Fallada (nom-de-plume of Rudolf Ditzen) tells of a Berlin couple’s heroic, yet ultimately futile, attempt to hasten the end of the Nazi regime. 226 more words


The Spiritual Power of Great Fiction

There is something odd in the notion that fiction can disclose spiritual truth: after all, fiction is a “made-up” story. Even if the author creates characters based on life’s experiences, fiction is not biography or history. 1,524 more words