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Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
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May 13, 12

Read from March 25 to May 13, 2012

Like any good Russian tome, a cast of some 50+ characters.

Day 3:
Just passed the half-way mark, having been taking my time to really read this, carefully. So far it is phenomenal. Heartbreaking, philosophical, and life affirming.

Day 6:
The NYRB edition that I have boasts an often clunky and deeply anglicized translation, but it's fine. I'm reading past it.

I highly recommend this one. At the point now, with 300 pages to go, where I do not want it to end.

5 Stars as a historical document. 4 as literature. A harrowing read that is ultimately well worth 900 pages of closely paid attention. The final chapter is a beautiful, brilliant, and unexpected capstone to everything that makes it possible, and necessary.
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Reading Progress

04/30/2012 page 500
57.0% "I can hear women weeping on the street, and policemen swearing; as I look at these pages, they seem to protect me from a terrible world that is filled with suffering."

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