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Robert Chandler on Vasily Grossman and Stalingrad

Robert Chandler is the translator of both Vasily Grossman books and many other Russian books. In this event he will talk about Grossman’s life and work and the literature of the former Soviet Union.

Five Leaves Bookshop, Nottingham

Sunday 14th July, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

  • Questions & Answers
  • Reading
  • Talk

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About the Event

Stalingad, the prequel to Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate, the War and Peace of the 20th Century, is now available in English for the first time.

Life and Fate was broadcast over eight hours, over the BBC’s range and brought this major Russian novel to public attention in the UK  but it was only the second half of a two-part work, the first half of which was published in 1952 in the Soviet Union.  The characters in both novels are largely the same and so is the story line; Life and Fate picks up where Stalingrad ends, in late September 1942.

Robert Chandler is the translator of both Grossman books and many other Russian books. In this event he will talk about Grossman’s life and work and the literature of the former Soviet Union.

Tickets on the door:  £5.00 (£2 students) including a glass of black tea, blinis and smetana (sour cream)

Please let us know you are coming on events@fiveleaves.co.uk

Venue Information

Five Leaves Bookshop
14a Long Row
Nottingham
NG1 2DH
United Kingdom
Phone: 0115 8373097

About the Book

Stalingrad
Stalingrad

Vasily Grossman

Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Publication date:6 Jun 2019

ISBN:9781846555794

4.29 out of 5
8 reviews
"Stalingrad will draw comparisons to War and Peace"
The Daily Telegraph
"one of the great novels of the 20th century"
The Guardian
"you do feel as though you are there, wandering through those devastated streets among the starving, dead, and mad"
Daily Mail
"undoubtedly an amazing achievement of translation and scholarship"
The Guardian
"a sweeping tale of war and life"
Financial Times
"A magnificent but mutilated achievement"
Irish Times
"A Soviet writer unpopular in Russia, popular in the West"
Times Literary Supplement
"The novel in this new, uncensored version does constantly what the best journalism does"
Literary Review

Stalingrad is a magnificent novel not only of war but of all human life- its subjects are mothers and daughters, husbands and brothers, generals, nurses, political officers, steelworkers, tractor girls. It is tender, epic, and a testament to the power of the human spirit.