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Everything Flows

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Everything Flows is Vasily Grossman’s final testament, written after the Soviet authorities suppressed his masterpiece, Life and Fate. The main story is simple: released after thirty years in the Soviet camps, Ivan Grigoryevich must struggle to find a place for himself in an unfamiliar world. But in a novel that seeks to take in the whole tr
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Published December 1st 2009 by NYRB Classics (first published 1970)
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Aug 03, 2015 [P] rated it really liked it
It was with trepidation that I picked this up. Vasily Grossman’s Life & Fate is the only book I have ever snapped shut, not out of boredom or irritation or a desire to read something else, but out of fear, a fear of what I would be exposed to and how it would affect me. More than once – as I carried it around with me during the day, fitting in a few pages here and there – I made a fool of myself in public, especially at work, during breaks, sitting there damp about the eyes, with a pained ex ...more
Anastasia Fitzgerald-Beaumont
Vasily Grossman was a writer of unique genius, a great war correspondent and an even greater novelist. Earlier this year I read Life and Fate, a panoramic novel set in the Second World War. I don’t think I’ve ever been as overwhelmed by a work of fiction, at least not since I read Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. It’s an astonishing tour de force, a description of people and places and events delivered with freshness and stunning insight. Even before I finished I offered the following comment; ...more
هل فكرنا يوما ما في هولاء اللذين يعيشون الحروب لحظه بلحظة ,
هل فكرنا يوما ما بالذين يضطرون للهروب واللجوء في دول غير اوطانهم ك مشردين
أو باولئك ضحية أنظمة قمعية أو ثورات بسبب مواقفهم الادبية الكتابية رميوا خلف السجون لعقوود , املهم الوحيد بالخروج من هذا السجن الذي ضاع فيه زهرة عمرهم وشبابهم ان يحدث انقلاب اخر او ثورة !!
إيفان غريغوريفيتش في روسيا الستالينية يسجن لمدة ثلاثين عاما , بعد خروجة من السجن ارعبتة عزلة المدن الشاسعة وبرودتها ,يشعر بالرغبة الرجوع للمعتقل الحرية بدأت لة مرعبة , يذهب لزيارة أ

--Everything Flows

A Note on Collectivisation and the Terror Famine
People, Places and Organisations
Biographical Note
Further Reading
An Afterword by Yekaterina Korotkova-Grossman
راضي النماصي
Jul 27, 2015 راضي النماصي rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: لكل من يهتم بالحرية والإنسانية
كل شيء يمضي – فاسيلي غروسمان
القمع حينما يسحق النفس البشرية

ربما نرى شواهد القمع ضد البشر هذه الأيام بكثرة في عالمنا العربي منذ أربع سنوات مضت. من ركام البيوت المهدمة، إلى جثث آلاف الشهداء، إلى أعداد النازحين والمعاناة التي لاتنتهي ولايبدو بأنها ستنتهي قريبًا. لكن.. ماذا عن الأثر الذي لانراه؟ ماذا عن الأرواح والعقول المشوهة التي نتجت بفعل هذا القمع، سواء استفادت منه أم تضررت؟

ظهرت هذه الرواية كتوقيع نهائي ساخط من غروسمان يدين فيه كل شيء في روسيا الستالينية، وذلك بعد مصادرة السلطات السوفييتية لروايت
This is not a novel but as another reviewer has quite rightly pointed out, a verdict. Nor is it complete, Vasily Grossman began it in 1955 and was still revising it during his last days in the hospital in September 1964. Grossman was also one of the first witnesses of the consequences of the Holocaust. He published 'The Hell of Treblinka' in Russia, the first journalistic account of a German death-camp in any language.

He even published a non-fictional account of World War II called A Writer at
L Fleisig
Dec 04, 2009 L Fleisig rated it it was amazing
"Not under foreign skies, Nor under foreign wings protected
I shared all this with my own people
There, where misfortune had abandoned us."
Anna Akhmatova's Requiem

If Life and Fate (New York Review Books Classics) may rightfully be seen as Vasily Grossman's masterpiece, his Everything Flows may rightfully be seen as his testament, a requiem if you will not only for his own life but for the lives of those who lived in his time and place.

"Everything Flows" tells a simple, yet emotionally deep and
Jan 05, 2016 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ideale prosecuzione di Vita e destino, questo romanzo ne è anche la logica conseguenza. Se Vita e destino, infatti, era ambientato in pieno stalinismo, Tutto scorre... prende avvio dopo la morte di Stalin, e fa i conti con tutto quello che lo stalinismo è stato, dai gulag alla collettivizzazione forzata, dal Terrore del '37 all'attacco postbellico contro il cosmopolitismo. Il ritorno dal gulag di Ivan Grigor'evič, infatti, costringe lui stesso e i personaggi che gli si muovono attorno a riflette ...more
Aug 28, 2011 Hadrian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russia, fiction
Grossman's last gasp. An epitaph, which still roundly condemns the inhumanity and evil of the Soviet system, from Lenin on.

Even here, there is one last faint glimmer of hope.

As the title indicates, the novel flows, from the train trip at the beginning, through show trials, apartment houses, and long lost friends. It's not bitter, and certainly not resigned. Rather, I sense a quiet determination - that this man must tell his story. That is the duty of every survivor of great evil.
João Carlos
Oct 07, 2015 João Carlos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A minha estreia literária com o escritor Vassili Grossman, nascido em 1905 na Ucrânia, foi precisamente com o seu último livro “Tudo Passa”, romance iniciado em 1955 e no qual ainda trabalhava durante os seus últimos dias de vida, acabando por falecer num hospital de Moscovo em 1964.
Ivan Grigórievitch regressa à “vida” depois de ter passado trinta anos num gulag/campo de concentração na Sibéria. Vítima, tal como milhões de russos, da arbitrariedade, das falsas denúncias, das fraquezas human
Mar 21, 2014 Reem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
تعتمد الرواية على التصوير التاريخي لكل تبعات الثورة الروسية على نظام القيصر، التفكيك هنا يقوم به غروسمان من المدخل وذلك على هيئة سجين سابق قضى ثلاثين عاماً من عمره -ظلماً- في المعتقلات السياسية والحالة الذهنية التي خرج بها ليقف كشاهد عبر الزمن ومثالاً مؤلماً على تضحية الحزب الحاكم بأغلى ما تملك روسيا: الحرية. المبادئ الإشتراكية لم تقم فقط بإلغاء حرية الأفراد في التملك بل سلبت العمال حريتهم في الإضراب، الحرية في المعتقد والتعبير عن الرأي وأخيراً حرية التفكير. في الفصول الأخيرة كانت هناك تحليلات س ...more
May 08, 2011 Pavel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
This is very powerfull and frightfull text. It's actually more a verdict then a novel. A verdict to the Stalin's regime.
Stalin dies, old broken bald man is freed from one of the Stalin's labour camps and "Forever flowing" is his thoughts while he stumbles across this Moscow and Leningrad world of not-imprisoned people, which he did not see for 20 years. He meets the man who sold him, he meets his old love who forgot him, he meets his brother who found a way to succeed inside Stalin regime, he l
Aug 10, 2014 Emma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سلسلة طويلة من العذاب، العذاب الذي يأتي دون أن تتوقع له نهاية.. كل لحظة تأتي تريدها أن تكون الخلاص وإن كان الموت. لكنك في نهاية الأمر تعود هكذا ببساطة إلى الحرية التي أفتقدتها كل هذه السنين، بشعرٍ رمادي وأحجار بيضاء كانت بيتك يومًا ما.

"لم يشأ الناس أذية بعضهم، لكنهم يفعلون ذلك طوال حياتهم".

رواية رائعة مليئة بالألم الذي يجعلك تتحسس مواطن إنسانيتك خوفًا أن تتحرك وتصبح بلا قلب. أنا فخورة بترجمة هيفاء القريبة للقلب.
Jan 15, 2013 Elalma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Potrebbe essere un capitolo di Vita e Destino, ma è più disincantato, più disperato, quasi un grido. Che illusione terribile, il sogno di libertà. Secondo Grossman tutto il misticismo, la spiritualità russa proviene dai 900 anni di schiavitù. Come se lo sviluppo dell'uomo che in occidente coincide con la libertà, in Russia fosse legato all'asservimento. Mi sono sempre chiesta perché tanta causalità nel finire in Siberia nei lager, perché furono eliminati tutti, perché bastava un nulla.. Ora alme ...more
Sith Lancerlot
ما حصل في روسيا مأساة سنراها تتكرر في دول أخرى, بشر يموتون من الجوع سيفعلون أي طريقة لسد رمقهم, سواء كانوا في دولة علمانية, رأسمالية, اشتراكية أو إسلامية.

يعيب الكتاب أن الكاتب متحيز جداً لوجهة نظره وإلقاء جميع المشاكل على الطرف الآخر ومن الممكن أن نقول من حقه فعل هذا لكن مشاكل روسيا في ذلك الوقت لم تبدأ من عند لينين أو القيصر الأخير بل منذ أمد بعيد تماماً مثل مصر مع جمهورية الضباط, كيف أنهم أرادوا إصلاح فساد 60 سنة من حكم العسكر في سنة واحدة أو سنتين.

الكتاب رائع وفيه قصص مؤسفة لن أتكلم عنها هنا,
Aug 17, 2011 Kinga rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hestitated giving this book 5 stars because, although it is amazing, there were parts of it I didn't enjoy that much. The story starts out simply enough: Ivan Grigoyevich is released from Gulag after 30 years. The novel takes us though his story, his cousin's (who doesn't agree with the regime but is too worried about his career to speak out), his lover (an activist in the Ukraine during the famine there in the 30s). We also see viewpoints from various characters who turn their friends/co-work ...more
This is a brave and thoughtful account of the Stalin years. Admittedly, Grossman wrote this documentary style fiction well after Stalin's death when it had become more possible to acknowledge that mistakes had been made. However, he knew from his experience of trying to get his previous book past the censor that the freedom to write the truth was still far from possible in tightly controlled, KGB run, soviet Russia. This book, unpublished in his lifetime, provides an insight into the psychology ...more
Alaa Bahabri
Oct 10, 2015 Alaa Bahabri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
أستطيع اعتبارها "قطعة" عن تاريخ روسيا الاشتراكية أكثر من كونها رواية,,
الأحداث فيها بسيطة وداعمة للتحليل الذي يقدمه المؤلف عن روسيا الاشتراكية,,
سرد المؤلف في ثنايا الكتاب : التاريخ ، وحلل لشخصية لينين، وشخصية ستالين، و الشخصية /الهوية الروسية بشكل عام (وهذا الجزء هو أكثر ما أعجبني ، وتناول موضوع اليهود ، وغيرهم من الأقليات،،
كل هذا في سياق قصة رجل عائد من المعتقل،،
الجانب التحليلي مميز وغير مكرر،، و سوداوي ، لكابة الواقع المكتوب عنه!
(فجر)-أمل الشامسي
أنا أعطي لكل كتاب حق المحاولة.. فرصه آخرى كي أستمتع به ولكن بعض الكتب تفشل، وبعضها ينجح من الأولى الصفحات ولكن كل شيء يمضي كان صعب أن أمضي معه بسهوله فلست من محبي السياسه والحرب وصاحبنا إيفان غريغوريفيتش خرج من المعتقل ويروى كل شيء يمضي في عز إعادة أحداث حرب ألمانيا وروس لا يابويه أنا مكتفيه حتى لو الكتاب عن الأدب الروسي، فليس كتاب عن الأدب الروسي بيبهرني. قد يعجب فلان وعلان بالكتاب ولكن عني أنا هذا الرأي. ودومتم سالمين
hope mohammed
Jun 11, 2015 hope mohammed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذه الرواية الصغير حاولت ان تختصر آلام ملايين الذين هلكوا برمية قرميد البيان الشيوعي الذي مورس او حاول ممارسته رؤوس الشيوعية الاكابر فلادمير لينين و خلفه الطاغية ستالين ، يكفي ان تعرف ان بعد استلام ستالين السلطة انهارت مباشرة الخزينة الروسية ليقوم الطاغية الستاليني بالاستيلاء على محصول القمح كاملا لاوكرانيا وتحويله للتصدير مما سبب مجاعة قضت على الملايين بل لنقل انه افتخر بها بعد ذلك امام تشرشل بان ضحاياه لاتقل عن عشرة ملايين ..

في البداية كان علي ان اتاقلم على جو الرواية وبعد عدة صفحات تنبهت ان ه
Alexandra Barnett
Everything Flows is an absolutely stunning piece of modern literature and it depicts the haunting and gloomy scenes of a post-Stalinist regime. Vasily Grossman has created a powerful novel which has struck me personally in a way that no book has before. It provokes one to think about who truly is to blame for the mindless cruelty of the Communist State.

Within this, the story focuses on Ivan Grigoryevich, imprisoned in a Gulag for 30 years but who has been released after Stalin's death, and his t
Feb 10, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: literature
Grossman's last book, and a sum-up of his very powerful philosophy and analysis of not only the Soviet Union, but the human experience in general. Follows a man named Ivan through his own process of self-discovery as he comes back to Moscow after decades in the Soviet Gulag. The ending is extremely powerful--I probably had to read this book 30 times while working on my thesis (it is rather short), and every time I got to the end, I was blown away. Not a book to read while you are already sad tho ...more
Santiago Llach
Apr 06, 2015 Santiago Llach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ruso, ruso hasta la médula. Se supone que es una novela pero termina con una larga parrafada sobre Lenin y Stalin. Interesante, igual. (Update: la leí por segunda vez y cambié de opinión.)
Hadeer Rish
Jan 01, 2016 Hadeer Rish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اذا لكم اهتمامات عن الشيوعية و الحرب و ستالين فهذه الرواية لكم ..
Thomas Hübner
Apr 23, 2015 Thomas Hübner rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Ivan Grigoryevich has just been released after 30 years in the GULag. He is set free after Stalin's death - if one can call it "freedom" what a former political prisoner experiences in a just slightly changed country that is still run by the basically same dictatorial regime and totalitarian ideology. Ivan Grigoryevich comes back to a life that is physically and morally still devastated by war and terror.

The brilliant novel Everything Flows by Vasily Grossman,
An intelligent man, once an important Party official at the provincial level, said to Ivan Grigoryevich, “When a forest is being felled, splinters fly—but the truth of the Party still holds true. This truth is more important than my misfortune.” He then pointed to himself and added, “So here I am—one of those splinters.”
He was at a loss for words when Ivan Grigoryevich replied, “That’s just it—they’re felling the forest. Why do they need to fell the forest?”

The experience of reading this was abs
Mar 03, 2013 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The threads that can be noted between adjacently-read books always surprise and interest me. In this case, Frayn's 'Constructions' discusses the Heraclitus aphorism that the title of 'Everything Flows' is derived from. Grossman applies the aphorism to a transport of political prisoners.

'Everything Flows' doesn't read that much like a novel and is evidently unfinished. Grossman was still working on it when he died. Despite or even because of this, it has extraordinary power and impact. Grossman's
Hands down one of the most influential reads I have had in quite some time, I am so thankful that I had 'Life and Fate' and 'The Road' read previously so that I could better understand the arguments and beliefs of the author and who Grossman as a person.

I loved the sifting between the fictional elements of the story and the additions Grossman had put throughout the book about the cycle of Russia's dependency of slavery from serfdom, to the revolution, back to Stalin's USSR. The details of Kolyma
Jul 15, 2011 Rick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
“But you know you can’t outrun the history train.” --Paul Simon.

Vassily Grossman’s last work, begun in 1955 and left uncompleted at his death in 1964, is part novel and part history. Ivan Grigoryevich has spent 30 years in the gulag when he is released in the wake of Stalin’s death and struggles to return to a life of freedom and normality. He is the protagonist of the novel. His chapters alternate and in some cases initiate the historical essays on topics related to the Soviet’s system of terr
Nov 19, 2008 Francisco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novela, rusos
¿Quién y donde nos escondió al gran narrador que es Vassili Grossman? ¿Por qué motivo los medios no acogieron sus obras con el apoyo que se merecían? ¿Tal vez su defensa de la libertad y sus opiniones contra el error/horror en que se convirtió la dictadura comunista en Rusia? No lo se, pero desde luego nos han privado de conocer antes a un MAGNÍFICO autor.
Entre novela y ensayo político sobre la libertad y su vulneración, lejos de la gran distancia de VIDA Y DESTINO, pero con un contenido polític
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русс: Василий Гроссман

Born Iosif Solomonovich Grossman into an emancipated Jewish family, he did not receive a traditional Jewish education. A Russian nanny turned his name Yossya into Russian Vasya (a diminutive of Vasily), which was accepted by the whole family. His father had social-democratic convictions and joined the Mensheviks. Young Vasily Grossman idealistically supported the Russian Revo
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“Ivan tells Anna: "I used to imagine that being embraced by a woman . . . as something so wonderful that it would make me forget everthing . . . [But] happiness, it turns out, will be to share with you the burden I can't share with anyone else.” 18 likes
“I used to think freedom was freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of conscience. But freedom is the whole life of everyone. Here is what it amounts to: you have to have the right to sow what you wish to, to make shoes or coats, to bake into bread the flour ground from the grain you have sown, and to sell it or not sell it as you wish; for the lathe operator, the steelworker, and the artist it’s a matter of being able to live as you wish and work as you wish and not as they order you to. And in our country there is no freedom – not for those who write books nor for those who sow grain nor for those who make shoes.” (Grossman, p. 99) He noted that “In people’s day-to-day struggle to live, in the extreme efforts workers put forth to earn an extra ruble through moonlighting, in the collective farmers’ battle for bread and potatoes as the one and only fruit of their labor, he [Ivan Grigoryevich] could sense more than the desire to live better, to fill one’s children’s stomachs and to clothe them. In the battle for the right to make shoes, to knit sweaters, in the struggle to plant what one wished, was manifested the natural, indestructible striving toward freedom inherent in human nature. He had seen this very same struggle in the people in camp. Freedom, it seemed, was immortal on both sides of the barbed wire.” (Grossman, p. 110)” 15 likes
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