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Everything Flows

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  918 ratings  ·  114 reviews
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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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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
راضي الشمري
Sep 28, 2014 راضي الشمري rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
"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
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.
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
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
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
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.
João Carlos
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 humanas, a
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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Ruso, ruso hasta la médula. Se supone que es una novela pero termina con una larga parrafada sobre Lenin y Stalin. Interesante, igual.
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
“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
¿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
Kevin Tole
This is a book which everyone should read. Both better and worse than Life and Fate. Is this fiction? Or is it just the method for Grossman to announce his views and discoveries. and does that really matter? Quite a staggering piece of writing containing two of the most brutally honest chapters I have ever read. These two chapters alone should be read by everyone. I learnt more about the history of Stalinist Russia in particular - but also of Russia and Russian ethos and history than anything by ...more
Neil Randall
Grossman's 'Everything Flows', albeit unfinished, is a very powerful and uncompromising piece of writing. After Stalin's death, the protagonist of the story, Ivan, returns to Moscow after 30 years in the hard labour camps. There he visits family and friends, all of whom are trying to assess their own collective guilt. Some are informers, other just normal people who don't quite know why they were lucky enough to be spared Ivan's fate. The novel contains several different strands, some novelistic ...more
Chuck LoPresti
A book that everyone should read. It doesn't take long at near 200 pages, about the length of Shalomov's Kolyma Tales or Platonov's Foundation Pit but it will sit in your mind much longer than that. I imagine most readers will at some point throw it down in horror and then use those empty hands to help hold up their leaking heads. The atrocities describes here may not be new to those familiar with the above mentioned texts or Grossman's Hell of Treblinka. But if you're not familiar with these - ...more
Simply wonderful. The plot loses force because of the heavy handed ideology and Grossman's need to speak his mind about the political atmosphere of the Soviet Union after 1953, but that is a) completely understandable and b) just fine, as his opinions are thoughtfully formulated and brilliantly articulated.

The book starts off detailing the return of Ivan Grigoryevich from prison in the context of the mass return of prisoners from the Gulag in 1953. Ivan meets his cousin Nikolai, who is attemptin
Everything Flows is a powerful, unsettling and very human if somewhat flawed book. It is a warning against the cruelties inflicted by the whims of state, of station, of stasis.

The weaknesses of the book lie in its structure and occasionally in the writing, which isn't always up to the task. That is forgiven however in the content, which explores life under the worst eras of the Soviet Union. It roughly follows some characters but is broken up with various interludes that explore how the State de
Sunjay Chandiramani
Plot is hardly important here. A powerful rumination on the nature of the Stalinist state, and a humane reckoning of the personal costs imposed by terror on the populace writ large.
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
Andrew Davis
Another masterpiece from Grossman - his last novel, left uncompleted.
Ivan Grigoryevich is released from Gulag having spent there almost 30 years, as a part of amnesty after death of Stalin. He takes train to Moscow to visit his sister Maria Pavlovna. Her husband, Nikolay Andreyevich is a biologist. They are relieved when his leaves them the following day and travels to Leningrad. He goes to the house where his long lost love lives. He watches her windows from outside. Walking the streets he come
Iqbal Alqusair
الرواية تتحدث عن الاتحاد السوفيتي في عصر لينين وستالين ، وعن الاضطهاد والعبودية وانعدام حرية الرأي ، عن المجاعة وعن السجون في تلك الفترة ، عن الحصار وعن المدن ، الترجمة ممتازة ومدينين لها بمعرفة فاسيلي غروسمان
_ اقتباسات من الكتاب :
_ عظيمة قوة المدينة الكبيرة
القوة التي تجبر كل قلب على فقدان نبضه لوهلة ، حتى القلوب اللامبالية التي تأتي لزيارة الأصدقاء والمحال ، وحديقة الحيوان والمشاتل !
_ كان رجلا ذا مبادئ . وفي الوقت نفسه حرا من التقوى التي يشوبها النفاق .
_ كان يقول " الحياة ليست سهلة أبدا على ا
Arwa Al-obaid
الروايه تروي ما حصل من مآسي في حكم الاتحاد السوفيتي، موت الملايين من الجوع و سجن آلاف الأبرياء و تعذيبهم.

في كل فتره من التاريخ تحصل فضاعات و انتهاكات للبشريه في مكان ما من العالم.. ألن ننتهي؟ و متى نتعلم؟
This is not a novel, not really. It's more like an essay quilted with vignettes of memories/scenes.

Its heavy-handedness is merited by the subject. Grossman's insights are poignant and disquieting.
Everything Flows starts as a novel about Ivan, a political prisoner released from the gulag after thirty years, but becomes a series of character studies about the people he meets - how they survived or prospered under or were broken or destroyed by communism. Ultimately, the book ends in a series of damning essays about Stalin and Lenin, as Grossman tries to understand how all of these crimes committed by the State - murder, theft, torture, genocide - are ultimately tied to the Russian propensi ...more
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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.” 16 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)” 14 likes
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