We're taking a break over Christmas which gives us a couple of months to tackle a longer book this time: Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman.
"Life and Fate is an epic tale of a country told through the fate of a single family, the Shaposhnikovs. As the battle of Stalingrad looms, Grossman's characters must work out their destinies in a world torn by ideological tyranny and war.
Completed in 1960 and then confiscated by the KGB, this sweeping panorama of Soviet Society remained unpublished until it was smuggled into the West in 1980, where it was hailed as a masterpiece."
One of the greatest masterpieces of the twentieth century (Times Literary Supplement )
It is only a matter of time before Grossman is acknowledged as one of the great writers of the 20th century... Life and Fate is a book that demands to be talked about (Guardian )
One of the finest Russian novels of the 20th century (Daily Telegraph )
It's shorter than War and Peace! Come along to talk about this book, other books, life in general or maybe fate.
Radio 4 discussion about Vasily Grossman and the book: