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The Road: Short Fiction and Essays

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Vasily Grossman is widely recognised by Russian scholars as one of the outstanding literary figures of the 20th century. The short fiction collected here - satire, comedy, tragedy and pure narrative - demonstrates all the bold intelligence, integrity and extraordinary vividness for which he has become known.
Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Quercus Books (first published 1987)
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--Part One: The 1930s
--In the Town of Berdichev
--A Small Life
--A Young Woman and an Old Woman

--Part Two: The War, The Shoah
--The Old Man
--The Old Teacher
--The Hell of Treblinka
--The Sistine Madonna

--Part Three: Late Stories
--The Elk
--Living Space
--The Road
--The Dog
--In Kislovodsk

--Part Four: Three Letters

--Part Five: Eternal Rest

Afterword, by Fyodor Guber
Further Reading
As the winter of 1942-43 was drawing to an end, Himmler came to Treblinka....

Here, the color fades to black and white; the novelist takes out his notepad, becomes a journalist. This happened. of the people who saw him has told us that the minister of death walked up to a huge grave pit and, for a long time, stared silently into it....

It would take two more winters, but Himmler already knew.

Later that same day the SS Reichsführer flew back. Before leaving Treblinka, he issued an order that d
سمية عبد العزيز

خمس نجمات بما أنني أنا من ترجمته وعشت كل سطر فيه
فاسيلي غروسمان أحد كبار المولفين الروسيين الذين لم نسمع عنهم الكثير لعدم توفر ترجمة عربية لمؤلفاته
هناك فظائع عن جرائم النازية اتعبتني كثيرا

Oh god, I can't even possibly rate this book. It is absolutely the single most devastatingly horrifying thing I've ever read for work -- or really ever read at all. "The Hell of Treblinka," Grossman's most famous essay, is exactly that: Grossman, a journalist, takes a trip to Treblinka a few years after WWII is over. Amid extremely detailed descriptions of what it was like for the prisoners in the camps, he even goes so far as to dig in the dirt around the area, uncovering wallets and hair ribbo ...more
Mamdouh Abdullah
هذه أول قراءة لفاسيلي غروسمان، ولن تكون الأخيرة.
بداية: الترجمة ممتازة وجميلة للغاية. أن يكون لغروسمان وجود في الترجمة العربية ولو متأخراً، خير من أن لا يأتي أبداً.
يتضمن هذا الكتاب قصص قصيرة كتبت على فترات زمنية متباعدة، ورسائل، ومقالين، من أهم وأفضل ما قرأت من مقالات في حياتي. المقال الأول هو جحيم تريبلينكا، والمقال الثاني عذراء سيستين. المقالة مثل النص الأدبي الخالد: إذا احتفظت بمقومات وجودها، ستبقى حية على الدوام ولعقود طويلة. غروسمان في مقالة عن تريبلينكا يثبت ذلك بنفس إنساني صرف، محاولاً تش
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This began as the second of my train books, but I chose to take a hiatus and read Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune when I got to ‘The Hell of Treblinka’. I've read it before and, as befits the subject, it remains one of the most upsetting and disturbing things I have ever read. I found it unbearable to read about the transports to Treblinka while I was on a train:

In order to maintain to the end the deception of the Western European passengers, the railhead at the dea
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No, this is not Cormac McCarthy's fictional Apocalypse. It is the real Apocalypse. Vasily Grossman was a writer of the Soviet period. Like Isaac Babel, that other balding, Jewish short story writer of the period, Grossman attached himself to the Red Army in war. Grossman was a bit younger, so his journalism covers the World War II that the executed Babel did not live to see. Grossman's masterwork is "Life and Fate", one of those rejected novels that survived all the efforts of Soviet intelligenc ...more
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: أخرى
الطريق كتاب يروي عن سيرة الكاتب الروسي فاسيلي غروسمان ( 12-كانون الأول 1905-14-أيلول 1964) وأهم أعماله . كما احتوى على بعض من انتاجاته الأدبية والفكرية (قصص قصيرة، مقالات، رسائل وتأملات).

يعد فاسيلي غروسمان واحد من أهم كتاب القرن العشرين .عانى من الإهمال لعقود طويلة ولكن عاود نجمه في الظهور مع مطلع الألفية الجديدة وذلك للأهمية الفكرية والأدبية الكبيرة التي تحتلها أعماله على خارطة الأدب العالمي .

ولد "فاسيلي غروسمان" في بلدة "برديتشيف" إحدى مدن أوكرانيا ذات الغالبية اليهودية عام 1905. ينحدر والدا
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
ما من كتاب أقرأه فتمتدّ من بين صفحاته أنامل وهمية تعزف على وتر إحساسي فيطربني الشجن ويترنّح الحزن ثملاً بين ضلوعي، حتى يسقط على أرصفة إنسانيتي فتثور المدامع ويضجّ الألم، إلا ويحفنّي اليقين من كل جانب بأن الكتابات العظيمة ما هي إلا تلك التي جاءت من رحم المعاناة وانبثقت من جبين المآسي شمساً تضيء لنا الدرب التي غشاها ظلام الإنسان وظلمه، وأن لا شيء أبلغ من قول تخطّه الأقلام عن فعلٍ ألجم الألسنة وعجز عنه الإفصاح والبيان.

لم أكن أعرف من هو #فاسيلي_غروسمان قبل اقتناء هذا الكتاب والذي رشحّه لي أحد الق
Chuck LoPresti
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Soul crushingly heavy and brutal, The Hell of Treblinka will send most fleeing in fear and nausea at the depths of human depravity. It’s hard to believe that such animals share the same general DNA as the man who writes of such horrors. When Grossman stops being a mere reporter and lets his inner-Platonov soar – Grossman takes flight. This book juxtaposes human beauty with cruelty so effectively that the reader is left an exhausted shambling mess. I would imagine most people would not even bothe ...more
hope mohammed
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لم احب القصص القصيرة كما احببتها هنا ، غروسمان يذهلني للمرة التالية بعد كل شيء يمضي وان كان على مستوى اوسع هنا . هو من الكتاب الواقعيين ذو الاقلام التي تقول الحقيقة مهما كانت درجة مرارتها القراءة على كل عن العدوان النازي وتفاصيل التعصب مثير للقرف لكن فاسيلي في جحيم تريبليكنا كانت من الالم والرعب حدا كبيرا حيث اوصل الصورة كاملة بذهابه بنفسه الى تربيلكينا ليؤدي دور الكاتب تجاه ذكرى الضحايا بحفظ كل ذكراهم وايصالها كما هي للقاريء .

بعد مقال الجحيم يتحدث في مقال عذراءسيستين عن الام عن حنان اللوحة التي
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
The Road is a brilliant collection of short stories and journalistic articles. Grossman's skill as a journalist is demonstrated in "The Hell of Treblinka" a detailed account of the death camp that Grossman wrote using his first hand experiences and as one of the first writers to talk to survivors and put their stories into print. It is an outstanding account, detailing the horrors committed in the Nazi death camps.

The works of fiction are just as compelling, tales of patriotism and of the stuggl
Lamia Al-Qahtani
Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كتاب رائع وتعرفة ممتازة لفاسيلي غروسمان، الكتاب يحتوي على مقالات وقصص ورسائل ونبذة عن حياته، وأغلبها يتركز على غزو الألمان لروسيا وتجلّت في المقال المؤلم مقال جحيم تريبيلنكا وياله من مقال! تكلم فيه عن فظائع محرقة نازية أثناء الحرب العالمية الثانية، وعن مشاعر الناس وإن كانت في مقال عذراء سيستين أفضل، والكتاب بمجمله رائع وتحمست لقراءة رواية كل شيء يمضي ولعل دورها يكون قريبا بإذن الله.
I've read many books that have caused me to put them down at one point, or many, due to some sad or disconcerting content. This collection of works by the Russian author and journalist caused a few of these stops, but one of them sticks with me. The editors of the book saw fit, due to the intensely biographical focus of the content, to publish two letters found after the author's death that he had addressed to his mother on the ninth and twentieth anniversaries of her death in a concentration ca ...more
Paul Aslanian
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the other half of my January affair with Conroy and now Grossman. Most of you know (I've probably talked your ear off) my favorite book of all time is Life and Fate, by Vasily Grossman, which I have now consumed twice. More recently I read Everything Flows and now The Road which is a compendium of short stories, journalism, essays and letters. Again these are writings from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. Grossman's magic to me is his ability to tell a story at the common man level. For example a ...more
Kevin Tole
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
yet another masterful book of Grossman's work.
This contains his shorter stories from the duration of his writing life and includes his first published work 'In the Town of Berdichev' as well as his rapidly written 'The Hell of Treblinka'. also included are 'The Cistine Madonna', 'The Elk', 'Mama', the titled 'The Road', 'The Dog', 'In Kislovodsk', 'In Eternal Rest' as well as the letters Grossman wrote to his deceased mother on the 10th and 20th anniversary of her death at the hands of Nazi deat
Guy Salvidge
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a miscellaneous collection of Grossman's writings: some journalism, some fiction. What shines through in both is not only the author's skill but more importantly his humanity. Grossman was certainly a good and kind man. I especially loved the earliest story here, 'In the town of Berdichev'. His work warms the heart, even in the blackest of settings, such as 'The Hell of Treblinka', a journalistic piece that was actually used in the Nuremberg Trials.

On my to-read list for 2017 is Grossma
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I believe I've now read almost everything Grossman published that has been translated into english. He's without question my favorite author of all time- I don't know if I've ever read anyone who elevates prose the heights he does- but what he writes about, whether it be the devastation of the holocaust, the horrors of living under Stalin, or life during the Battle of Stalingrad is so soul crushing that every time you put the book down you feel like Grossman has managed to strike you right at th ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fascinating follow-up to Life and Fate. While the stories were interesting in their narrative variety, it was the insight into Grossman's life—via the letters and biographical information, especially the afterword from Grossman's stepson—that were the main highlight. I say this only because I can't call 'The Hell of Treblinka' a highlight, even though it is one of the most powerful things I've ever read, and even though I firmly believe it should be required reading for everyone, ever.
Hassan D.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هذا الكاتب الذي لم أعرفه حتى الآن عظيم، حزين، مليء بالحياة وحنون. قوة فن المقالة هنا، وتحديداً: "جحيم تريبلنكا" و "عذراء سيستين".

سأقرأ باقي أعماله، أعرف أنها ستكون بنفس الطعم الروسي العتيق والعميق.
Great short stories, a harrowing account of a concentration camp, three letters, and an essay. This book would be a very good introduction to the author for anyone interested.
Steve Coscia
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vasily Grossman's essays are fascinating. Rarely has one person, who just happens to be a good writer, witnessed so many important events first hand and shared them so eloquently.
Elisa Goudriaan
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Een erg mooi samengesteld boek, met per tijdsperiode een inzichtelijke inleiding (geschreven door de Engelse vertaler Robert Chandler) en met vele interessante noten en bijlages. Maar het belangrijkste zijn de verhalen en essays zelf: zonder uitzondering zijn het tragische verhalen, maar ze werden wel in een prachtige schrijfstijl geschreven (en vertaald). Tijdens het lezen voelde ik veel bewondering voor het inlevingsvermogen van Grossman, die heel dichtbij de personages komt, maar tegelijkerti ...more
Errol Orhan
Mar 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bij de vorige editie van het kerstfeest ontving ik dit boek. Ondanks dat er genoeg andere boeken prijkten, besloot de kerstman ze te negeren en mij uitgerekend dit boek cadeau te doen. Wie precies op het lumineuze idee kwam deze suggestie aan de beste man te doen weet ik tot op heden niet. Ik vermoed dat het dezelfde persoon was die het jaar daarvoor een succesvolle lobby had opgezet om mij 'The best of American magazine writing 2010' toe te doen komen. Het doet er eigenlijk niet toe. Wat er wel ...more
Amal 88
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

إن كانت روسيا كافكا تعبير عن الخروج والعزلة فإنها تمثل بالنسبة لي كل ماهو عبقري وهذا مايثبت بعد كل قراءة لأحد كتابها. هل كان عشق غروسمان الأوكراني اليهودي الأصل لغوركي ، بابل ، تولستوي ، وبوشكين كافياً ليصبح واحداً من هؤلاء العباقرة ؟
غروسمان الذي جرب كل شئ تقريباً ليكتشف أن الأدب هو ما أراده دائماً ، كان قد عمل صحفياً بحثاً عن الحقيقة إبان الحرب ليكتب مقالات وقصص تدور حول المآسي والويلات والشهادات التي رواها الناس . قتل والدته و وفاة والده ، طلاقه ثم إصابته بالسرطان في آخر حياته .

قُسمت هذه القص
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
An amazing book consisting of Grossman's short stories, already mentioned by others as great to read along with his longer works (Life and Fate of which the only one I have read). It is divided into different parts, marked by different stages in Grossman's life which had affected his writing. Before each part, there is an introduction to each of the stories, and some biographical details that are quite interesting to say the least about Grossman's literary and life in general at each interval st ...more
Feb 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cartea contine povestiri ca “In orasul Berdicev” - care a stat la baza filmului “Comisara” al lui Aleksandr Askoldov, accesibil marelui public doar in vreme de perestroika si care mi l-a facut cunoscut si pe compozitorul Alfred Schnitke, “Viata marunta” - calificata drept cehoviana, “Tinara si batrina” - cu care specialistii exemplifica subtilitati stilistice specifice scriitorului(*), “Iadul de la Treblinka” - rechizitoriu care a circulat in publicul procesului de la Nurnberg.
Eu am percutat emo
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مجموعة قصص للكاتب الروسي فاسيلي غروسمان. في كل منها ستجد رسالة استنجاد من الإنسانية لتلك الفترة المظلمة أيام الحرب العالمية.. جرائم النازية ، البحث عن حب وسط تلك الفوضى، و فصول متفرقة تتحدث عن الكاتب وحياته.. ما أثار انتباهي هو كيف وصف غروسمان بداية انبعاث تلك الحركة التي قتلت الكثير من البشر لتبرر لسلطتها . ان فكرة العرق الأفضل بدأت وكأنها مزحة أو طرفة تتداول على ألسنة أولئك الأساتذة والبروفسورات بالجامعة وسرعان ماتحللت رائحتها لتتفسخ في كل أرجاء أوربا لتعلن ظهور الفاشية وكم يرعبني أننا اليوم ن ...more
Timothy Dymond
Apr 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
The standout part of this collection is Grossman's essay 'the Hell of Treblinka' which is as cheery as it reads. It is however an essential 'first draft of history' piece of journalism. It is particularly interesting for its details about he actual resistance carried out by Concentration Camp inmates which often gets overlooked in writing about the Holocaust It is immediately followed by a different toned essay on 'the Sistine Madonna' - a painting by Raphael that spent 10 years in Moscow after ...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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“It is the writer's duty to tell the terrible truth, and it is a reader's civic duty to learn this truth. To turn away, to close one's eyes and walk past is to insult the memory of those who have perished.” 8 likes
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