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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 tragedy of Soviet history, Ivan’s ...more
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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
Aug 02, 2015 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

--Everything Flows

A Note on Collectivisation and the Terror Famine
People, Places and Organisations
Biographical Note
Further Reading
An Afterword by Yekaterina Korotkova-Grossman
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
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
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
Jan 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A man returns home after thirty years in the gulag. He is prematurely aged and unfamiliar with the modern world. How will he fit in after such a long time away, time spent in a dehumanizing hell hole. He meets up with his cousin and bumps into an old friend in the street. Both have built succesful lives for themselves whilst Ivan has been in the camps, and they feel embarassed and guilty at their relative good fortune, the "friend" doubly so as, unbeknownst to Ivan, it was he who had denounced h ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Después de la majestuosa literatura zarista de la Rusia del siglo XIX, surge una pléyade de escritores soviéticos cuyo talento no le va mucho a la saga al de aquellos escritores que produjo el siglo XIX. Uno de ellos es Vasili Grossman (1905-1964), cuya obra “Vida y Destino” es un logro literario asombroso y que ahora nos regala con esta novela sobre la Rusia estalinista.

Este texto es una de tantas obras que relatan y a la vez tratan de revelar todas las atrocidades del régimen de Stalin (1878-
L Fleisig
Dec 04, 2009 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 01, 2016 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
Apr 22, 2011 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 28, 2011 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.
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eslavófila
Más que una novela, aunque sí tiene algo de acción, es un recuento de las cosas terribles que pasaron por el estalinismo. Desde la deskulakización, los millones de prisioneros, sentenciados sin ningún tipo de prueba, a desaparecer, ya fuera fusilados, prisioneros de por vida, las familias separadas para siempre, él hambre, la corrupción, en fin, todas las consecuencias que tuvo la búsqueda de Stalin por reprimir lo más esencial en el ser humano: la libertad. Aún con todas las cosas terribles, co ...more
João Carlos
May 02, 2014 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 15, 2014 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
It read like a series of essays with the central character Ivan Grigoryevich now released after 29 years in prisons/Siberia for a crime he did not commit. There is some musings from Ivan on the meaning of freedom. There are some musings from informers who survived by naming others as enemies of the State. There is a bleak and harrowing chapter on the Ukrainian famine of the 1930s. Then there are chapters as Grossman tries to understand what happened during the Stalin years.
It's an impressive boo
Jan 15, 2013 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
Jul 24, 2014 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.
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, college, 2017
Creo que debería empezar por decir que soy comunista, y bastante convencida; de hecho, leer a Vasili Grossman no ha hecho que cambie de opinión en el plano teórico en absoluto, ya que las ideas que más se alinean con mi manera de pensar efectivamente siguen siendo similares a las de la base de la Revolución bolchevique. Nunca he sentido simpatía alguna por Stalin, pero de alguna forma tengo cierta tendencia a desdeñar los discursos de aquellos que se empeñan en hablar mal del proyecto soviético ...more
Feb 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
È un romanzo “strano”. Ne sono protagonisti i condannati e le condannate ai lavori forzati, che hanno perso la vita nei lager di Stalin come Maša Ljubimova, o come il personaggio principale, Ivan Grigor'evič, che riesce invece a ritornare dal Kolima dopo la morte del grande tanghero e dopo quasi trenta anni di lavori forzati
Grande la soddisfazione e il senso di liberazione perché il megatanghero è crepato: “E all’improvviso, come la luce dell’aurora boreale, cominciò a filtrare tra i ranghi: “è
Paul ataua
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everything flows begins with Ivan’s release from a prison camp after thirty years and his return into a Russian society still suffering from the dehumanizing effects of Stalin's determined attempt to bring about socialism in one country. It doesn’t really read as a novel, but introduces characters and their stories to throw light on the horrors of that age: the gulags, the liquidation of the kulaks as a class, and the lengths to which people had to go to stay alive. A harrowing yet fascinating r ...more
Nov 07, 2008 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
Marc Gerstein
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: general-fiction
As a blow-the-doors-off journalistic expose (of Stalinist genocide, purges), “Everything Flows” is a masterpieces the courageousness of which is matched only the the quality of verbal expression (Grossman was, in fact, a Soviet War Correspondent in WWII). Neither this work nor his larger “Life and Fate” were published during his lifetime and I’m amazed that Grossman had the gut to even submit this material to Soviet authorities for approval. Considering it was only less than a decade since Stali ...more
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scritto tra il 1955 e il 1963, quando l’Unione Sovietica era guidata da Chruščëv, in una discontinuità ancora troppo debole col passato, “Tutto scorre…” è - più che un romanzo, ché personaggi e trama hanno un ruolo minimale - un libro di forte denuncia degli aspetti più aberranti delle pregresse fasi leninista e stalinista: in particolare, del genocidio per fame (Holomodor, 1929-1933) di ucraini ebrei e kulaki (contadini etichettati forzatamente come “agiati”) e della soppressione o deportazione ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, russian-lit
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
Marisol García
Me encantó. Grossman usa la novela como excusa —protagonista ficticio con un conflicto por resolver (asociado éste a la triste suerte de su generación y de su país), ocupado en encuentros reveladores de su psiquis y la de sus cercanos—, para que el libro se oriente hacia lo que él quiere decir sobre el drama de la nación que mejor conoce. Las últimas cuarenta páginas son en realidad la denuncia de Grossman de las imperdonables decisiones de Lenin y de Stalin, y lo que él estima fue su esencial e ...more
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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 little book is in a way a short version of the giant "life and fate". In it Grossman also describes the cruelties of stalinism, illustrated by the return of an old man, after 30 years in the detentioncamps. We see how his friends and family react uncomfortable, because all of them in a way were responsible for his detention, and/or have complied with the regime. Grossman depicts this psychological process in a very refined way.
But he goes further: in the end the story changes into a real pa
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NYRB Classics: Everything Flows, by Vasily Grossman 1 10 Oct 22, 2013 09:40PM  
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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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“Don't you remember how you once answered a question of mine? Me - I shall never forget your words. Those words of yours opened my eyes; they brought me the light of day. I asked you how the Germans could send Jewish children to die in the gas chambers. How, I asked, could they live with themselves after that? Was there really no judgement passed on them by man or God? And you said: Only one judgement is passed on the executioner - he ceases to be a human being. Through looking on his victim as less than human, he becomes his own executioner, he executes the human being inside himself. But the victim - no matter what the executioner does to kill him - remains a human being forever. Remember now?” 20 likes
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