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Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series)
Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series) | Vasily Grossman
THE ORIGINAL TRANSLATION BY ROBERT CHANDLER, UPDATED AND REVISED The twentieth century War and Peace, a broad portrait of an age and a searing vision of Stalinist Russia, Life and Fate is also the story of a family, the Shaposhnikovs, whose lives in the army, the gulag, a physics institute, a power station and a concentration camp are stunningly evoked, from their darkest to their most poetic moments. Judged so dangerous by the Soviet authorities that the manuscript was immediately confiscated when completed in 1960, Grossmans masterpiece was finally smuggled into the West and published in 1980. The Vintage Classic Russians Series: Published for the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, these are must-have, beautifully designed editions of six epic masterpieces that have survived controversy, censorship and suppression to influence decades of thought and artistic expression.
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Simona
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Day 4 #7covers7days

Would you like to join @PlayingBonny ? Post a photo of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation, and each day invite a Litten to play the game #CoverCrush

PlayingBonny I‘ll give it a go 😊 2mo
batsy Nice one! I love the spines of these editions 😍 2mo
Simona @PlayingBonny It‘s a fun, enjoy 😘 2mo
Simona @batsy Me too, it‘s very satisfying view 😘 2mo
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Simona
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Last challenge for this year - done ✅ and my favorite book from this list is V. Grossman -Life and Fate.

#ReadAroundTheWorld

RachelO Yay! And I love your page 🌏 11mo
batsy Beautiful 😍 11mo
BarbaraBB How good that you managed to read them all! 11mo
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Lel2403 I love your journal....so pretty 11mo
MaGoose Very nice journal. 😍💕❤ 11mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It was just one book a month.😁 11mo
BarbaraBB @Simona Yes but I found it hard to find books of certain countries. Do you know if there will be a continuation next year? 11mo
Simona @BarbaraBB ☺️ My main source is Scribd, I found most of the books there. I don‘t know nothing about continuation of this challenge ... we will have to wait for @jenp. Maybe @BookwormM knows? 11mo
BookwormM @Simona we do intend to continue into next year in the next few days I will randomly select the next 12 countries and post them to the blog and here 11mo
Simona Thank you @BookwormM 🙏. @BarbaraBB The answer 👆 11mo
BarbaraBB @BookwormM Yay! I hope to join next year again (for some months at least... ☺️) @JenP 11mo
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This story demands commitment, but the reward at the end is absolutely worth the time. It isn‘t a flawless story, but it is the story with clear message - that there is no difference between totalitarian regimes, and is the story through which you can understand without any judgment what it means living in psychotic times when line between right and wrong isn‘t clear anymore, and when your personal moral/ethics is question of the state.

Simona My last book for #ReadAroundTheWorld #Russia 🇷🇺 11mo
Leftcoastzen I read it years ago , difficult and worth it. 11mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen Oh yes, difficult and challenging, but unforgettable! 11mo
batsy Lovely review, Simona ❤️ 11mo
Simona Thank you @batsy ☺️ 11mo
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I‘m speechless ...

Lindy 😱😥 11mo
merelybookish Yikes! 😧 11mo
Bklover No. Oh no. 😳😧🥴 11mo
BarbaraBB Horrible. 🙁 11mo
batsy 😔😔😔 11mo
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Simona
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From my current read. I‘m few pages in and I already like it❣️

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Simona
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I really like this collection with playful, vibrant #nakedSpines Interesting choice for heavy stories.

#readingResolutions

GatheringBooks is there an english version of the first book of life and fate? i saw on goodreads that this is actually the second book of a duology, but couldn‘t find an english version of the first book. 1y
Simona @GatheringBooks I don‘t know nothing about the English version of the For Just a Cause, but my understanding is that this is not the first book. Life and Fate is rewritten Just a Cause (after Stalin‘s death). I‘m currently not at home, but I will check the introduction (I think it‘s by translator) and reported back to you, if anything is mentioned about Cause. (edited) 1y
batsy So pretty! 1y
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Simona @GatheringBooks From translator‘s Introduction: ‘Intended as a sequel to the politically less heretical For Just a Cause, Life and Fate is better seen as a separate novel that includes many of the same characters.‘ I also did some googling, and it looks that For Just a Cause was not translated. 1y
Simona @batsy I know 😘😘😘😘 1y
arubabookwoman Those look like lovely editions. I loved all those books, though it‘s been about 45 years since I read Dr. Zhivago. I say that it warrants a reread. 1y
LeahBergen So pretty! 1y
GatheringBooks @Simona thank youuu! much appreciated. i hope it can also serve as a stand-alone. 😍 1y
Simona @GatheringBooks I‘m sure it can👍 1y
Simona @arubabookwoman It‘s on my ‘reread‘ list ... because I can‘t remember if I had read it or I saw the movie 🤷‍♀️ 1y
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hlgreenfield
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I really want this to be my next read, but I've been having so little time to read and this seems like such an investment time-wise that I am unsure if I will manage! But I've heard it be compared to war and peace ( one of my absolute favourites) and the story sounds so interesting that I think I'll have to try it out!

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charl08
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What I like...is he's not trying to teach me anything.

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charl08
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A girl was embracing a fair haired soldier... meanwhile the rest of the world was perfectly still.

charl08 Oops, dark haired soldier. Freud, do with that what you will... 2y
MayJasper 😁 2y
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charl08
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...the strange incongruity between the tremendous military strength of the Soviet state and this dark kitchen with its poverty, gossip and general pettiness; the incongruity between cold, hard steel and kitchen pots and pans full of potato peelings.

Oblomov26 Read this several years back, amazing book which presented a very human picture of Stalingrad 2y
Minervasbutler Loved it! 2y
charl08 @Minervasbutler @Oblomov26 it's amazing, but also Heavy. Good argument for a kindle copy. 2y
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mauveandrosysky
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A few of my newest arrivals. I think Life and Fate is going to be my next "Challenging Read" that I'll take a couple months working my way through on the side. I've heard great things.

ReadingEnvy Ooh I just got Broken River too. 2y
vivastory Broken River is brilliant 2y
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feministtexican
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman
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I splurged and ordered these from the UK. They're part of the Vintage Classic Russians Series that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. So far, I just see the Anna Karenina one available in the US. (I'll buy the other three next paycheck. 😍)

Mindyrecycles ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
AJBowers Worth it! 2y
unproductivemale Wow they look stunning 2y
kaysworld1 Did you get them all because no have one I think I could send to you, save you some money? Xxx 10mo
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MeaMck
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Read this book if you're into:
Stalinist Russia
Historical Fiction
Crying by yourself in a busy café

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shawnmooney
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Taking advantage of the time difference here in Tokyo to be one of the first open my Valentine's Day presents! @Simona oh my God what a wonderful assortment of bookish and other goodies! Thank you so much! Probably my favorite thing was your warm, very personal message in the card! The books look fantastic and all the other stuff too! If you can wait until next year, let's buddy-read Life and Fate! 😘❤😘❤
#CupidGoesPostal #ValentinesBookExchange.

andrew61 There was a tremendous BBC Radio 4 adaptation a few years ago of Life and Fate that may stll be available on bbc archive and/or iTunes. 3y
TrishB Wow 😀 fab gifts! 3y
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LeahBergen Ooo, you lucky duck! I really enjoyed The North Water and LOVE Kate Atkinson. Life and Fate has been on my "want" list, too. Good job, @Simona ! 3y
Moray_Reads Amazing! I adore Life and Fate 💕💕 3y
LeahBergen And I'm a bookmark coveter. 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Cruel. Just cruel. 😉 3y
Bookzombie Great gifts! 3y
SusanInTiburon What a nice way to celebrate! 3y
bookwrm526 Wow!! 3y
asiriusreader Lovely assortment!! 😻 3y
Simona @shawnmooney I wouldn't put my hand into the fire that you're going to read them to the end 😂 ...but I hope that you're going to enjoy at least in a few pages. 😘 3y
shawnmooney @Simona Ha! I can certainly guarantee that I'll eat the chocolates all away to the end. 😍 But seriously, you've chosen well – I can't wait to get into these new books! 3y
Simona @shawnmooney At least something 😙😉I wanted to send you a more personalized package, that would reflect my culture and the area from which I come, but there are problems with translated books... I'm glad that you will give these books a chance and I'm very curious about yours reaction on North Water. 😘 3y
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RachelMack
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'Remember and that your mother's love is always with you, in grief and in happiness, no one has the strength to destroy it.' #LifeandFate #PowerfulWords #RussianClassic

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schmia
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Clearly intended to be the War and Peace of the 20th century -- I confess I am still making my way through War and Peace but about a third of the way through that book and would pick Life and Fate over it (you know, in case you are really struggling with which Russian epic novel to choose....if you are on Litsy I assume you want to and should read both! :)

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AdamDalva
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My favorite page of the year, from the NYRB's amazing LIFE AND FATE. Chills.

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that_danny_mac
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman
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A classic of of WW2, totalitarianism versus freedom, and the state versus the individual. A must read.

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that_danny_mac
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman

How can one describe that last, quick look at a beloveds face? How can a man live with the merciless memory of how, during the silence of parting, he blinked for a moment to hide the crude joy he felt at having managed to save his life?

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that_danny_mac
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman

"What does a woman who has lost her children care about a philosophers definition of good and evil?"

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that_danny_mac
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman

"A soul can live in torment for years and years, even decades, as it slowly, stone by stone, builds a mound over a grave; as it moves towards the apprehension of eternal loss and bows down before reality."

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that_danny_mac
Life and Fate | Vasily Grossman

"Instead of valour or gallantry, you could hear the sadness of a soul parting with everything it loved..."