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Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

  • Jul 9, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century.

Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope.

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  • Ian

    Great book but other commitments, will be sorry to miss meeting.

    July 8, 2013

    • Jim H.

      Sorry not to hear your take on this on, bro. Next time I hope

      July 10, 2013

  • Iris

    Some suggestions for future books:
    Doctor Zhivago by B. Pasternack
    Bringing Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
    The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
    Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    The Chosen
    1984 by G. Orwell
    Anything by Hemmingway
    I'm not thrilled about Henry James -- read Portrait of a Lady, and that was enough for me.

    July 10, 2013

    • Jim H.

      We read "The Sun Also Rises" back in the early days - I wouldn't mind tackling Papa Hemingway again.

      July 10, 2013

  • Wendy S.

    Sorry, very sorry, not a good day for an asthmatic.

    July 9, 2013

    • Jim H.

      Sorry to miss you Wendy.

      July 10, 2013

  • Jim H.

    A great and challenging book. If this is Grossman's "War and Peace" can he mean that "Life" and "Fate" are opposites, as War and Peace are opposites

    July 10, 2013

  • Nerio O. B.

    About half of the members that was going to show up, did show up. I was on the waiting list, but managed to be in due to one who couldn't show up.

    July 9, 2013

  • Kent

    Sorry to miss this.

    July 9, 2013

  • Nerio O. B.

    Still attending. Almost got a copy, but it would arrive a day late.
    I did manage to print out some text.

    July 8, 2013

  • BobMM

    Something came up and I'll be out of the city

    July 8, 2013

  • Jean

    A moving essay this week on NewYorker.com about Vasily Grossman: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/06/vasily-grossman-loser-saint.html

    2 · June 27, 2013

    • Jim H.

      Great article Jean. Thank you

      June 29, 2013

    • Wendy S.

      Thank you, Jean. The article was wonderful.

      July 8, 2013

  • Kath S.

    Sorry I will miss the conversation!

    July 8, 2013

  • Jim H.

    Looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday. Don't forget we will be collecting our semi-annual dues that night. I know this book was a big one - don't feel you have to finish it to show up Tuesday!

    July 4, 2013

  • Nerio O. B.

    Yes, because I don't have a copy of that title yet, and I don't know when I can read it.

    July 1, 2013

  • Kent

    Hi, the map that pops up when clicking on "2 Fifth Avenue" tab, above, shows a location called "Andaz" up near 40th Street, but 2 Fifth Ave is near Washington Sq. Park. Which is the correct location?

    June 27, 2013

    • Jim H.

      kent the correct address is 2 Fifth Avenue just below 8th street. Its an apartment building. Ask the doorman for the book group in the library off the lobby

      June 28, 2013

    • Kent

      Thanks James,

      June 28, 2013

  • Barbara

    Just realized that i will be out of town on that date so will be leaving the waitlist. Loved the first meeting and look forward to August and Septembers meetings.

    June 25, 2013

  • Rosie S.

    Need to cancel hope someone can take my place from the omni-present wait list.

    June 21, 2013

  • Kent

    This is an amazing, difficult, informing novel.

    April 7, 2013

  • Wendy S.

    Yea!

    April 7, 2013

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