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The Bones of Berdichev: The Life and Fate of Vasily Grossman

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Born a Russian Jew and an ardent patriot of the Soviet motherland, Vasily Grossman rationalized away the Stalinist horror of his time as he chronicled the Red Army's westward sweep during World War II, becoming the Soviet Army's premier wartime correspondent. It was not until he discovered 30,000 victims were massacred by Nazi forces in his hometown of Berdichev - includin ...more
Hardcover, 437 pages
Published March 6th 1996 by Free Press
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Federico
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Consigliato a tutti coloro che vogliono avvicinarsi a questo autore, avere la possibilità di leggerlo prima di imbattersi nei suoi romanzi vuol dire apprezzarli al 100%. Io purtroppo sono venuto a conoscenza di questo testo biografico in ritardo, comunque una lettura di spessore.
Michael
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book will be of most interest to those who already know the incredibly courageous Vasili Grossman's great novels, "Life and Time" and "Forever Flowing." Having finished those, I found everything about this book to be useful, from the deep background in Russian history to Grossman's struggles with Soviet literary hacks and censors. Unlike Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn, he did not allow his mastepiece to be smuggled out to the West for publication. "Life and Fate" was not published until the USS ...more
Keith
I read this immediately upon finishing Vasily Grossman's epical Life and Fate. It fit perfectly with a deep illumination of both details of Grossman's biography and of the combined terror of both Stalinist Russia and Nazi Germany, the twin plagues of the Twentieth Century. Truly the perfect companion to the novel.

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PREFACE AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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Glenda
May 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Y sí. Katia se fue para no volver nunca más. Los sobrevivientes que volvieron regresaron a una vida cambiada para siempre. La casa, sus calles, los amores, la vida... todo cambió con la guerra. Katia -siendo una de la tribu de los Asra- fue de las que mueren cuando aman...
Cecilia Briceno
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
La vida y el destino de Vasili Grossman

Denso ensayo que permite comprender la obra literaria de Grossman y valorarlo como el mas grande escritor ruso del sxx.
George
Feb 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Well researched and written, but a grim subject. The story of a Russian author who during the Soviet period tried to tell the truth about World War II and the Holocaust on Russian soil.
John
Nov 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author did a very good job on interpreting Grossman. The only criticism I have of the book is that the author seemed to think that no one in the West knows much about WWII or the Soviet Union and spent inordinate amounts of time explaining things like the Holocaust and the war on the Eastern Front. I don't think anyone reading about Vasily Grossman would be totally unfamiliar with the subjects and found these portions of the book tedious and annoying. ...more
Sol Misolmi
Feb 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Colin
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read a later edition of this book, published by Pen and Sword Military in 2012. For the most part it was an excellent biography and I recommend it. There are some small historical errors regarding the Russo-German war, but nothing catastrophic.
Seth J. Vogelman
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interesting review of Vassily Grossman's life, but I wondered who the writers believed their audience was. At times, the descriptions of the war and the Holocaust, or Ukrainian anti-Semitism, seemed a bit simplistic. However, as a pioneering work on the subject, they covered many of the points I was interested in reviewing. ...more
Melania
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
VASILI GROSSMAN - Viata si destin

Capodopera sa, romanul Viaţă şi destin, împleteşte momentele cheie ale bătăliei Stalingradului cu destinele mai multor ruşi şi viziunile lor asupra războiului şi totalitarismului.
Gaia Gilardengo
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una biografia appassionante e completa. Lettura consigliatissima per chi vuole avvicinarsi alla figura di Grossman e conoscere meglio la Russia e l'Urss in un secolo complesso come il Novecento. ...more
Dan
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindles, own
Good intro to author and German Soviet WWII Eastern front background. Ready for Life and Fate.
Jean Kelly
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book that adds depth to the reading of the work of Vasily Grossman
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