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Life and Fate

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Deborah Kaple (dkaple) | 2 comments Has anyone read Grossman's monumental novel called Life and Fate? I think it is one of the most important Soviet-era novels written. It is a close-up of Soviet people who survive (and some who do not) the devastating battle of Stalingrad, but it's really so much more.


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Jennifer | 2 comments Can you recommend a good book about Vasily Zeichchev, the Stalingrad sniper? I loved that "Enemy at the Gate" movie but it seemed like they had made parts up. Would be interested in knowing the real story.


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Deborah Kaple (dkaple) | 2 comments He wrote a memoir called Notes of a Sniper. People say it's a fabulous book, and it's been translated into English under his name, written Vassili Zaitsev. I think we should read it ourselves and find out!


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Jennifer | 2 comments Let's do it! I'll order it now!


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Danny | 1 comments Deborah wrote: "Has anyone read Grossman's monumental novel called Life and Fate? I think it is one of the most important Soviet-era novels written. It is a close-up of Soviet people who survive (and some who do n..."

I just finished Life and Fate maybe a month and a half ago. I found it devastating, beautiful and extremely evocative, almost to a fault in that I felt a general cloud of despair as I was reading it, but I say fault hyperbolic. Fantastic insight. Wonderful book. I'm thinking about reading Forever Flowing, or maybe some of his non-fiction. Do you know of any other books that are similar to Life and Fate?


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