A Writer at War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army
Edited and translated from the Russian by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova Knopf Canada is proud to present a masterpiece of the Second World War, never before published in English, from one of the great Russian writers of the 20th century – a vivid eyewitness account of the Eastern Front and... show more
Edited and translated from the Russian by Antony Beevor and Luba Vinogradova Knopf Canada is proud to present a masterpiece of the Second World War, never before published in English, from one of the great Russian writers of the 20th century – a vivid eyewitness account of the Eastern Front and “the ruthless truth of war.”When the Germans invaded Russia in 1941, Vasily Grossman became a special correspondent for the Red Star, the Red Army’s newspaper. A Writer at War – based on the notebooks in which Grossman gathered raw material for his articles – depicts the crushing conditions on the Eastern Front, and the lives and deaths of soldiers and civilians alike. It also includes some of the earliest reportage on the Holocaust. In the three years he spent on assignment, Grossman witnessed some of the most savage fighting of the war: the appalling defeats of the Red Army, the brutal street fighting in Stalingrad, the Battle of Kursk (the largest tank engagement in history), the defense of Moscow, the battles in Ukraine and much more.Historian Antony Beevor has taken Grossman’s raw notebooks, and fashioned them into a narrative providing one of the most even-handed descriptions – at once unflinching and sensitive – we have ever had of what he called “the ruthless truth of war.”From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: March 13th 2007
Publisher: Vintage Canada
Pages no: 380
Edition language: English
, World War II
, Military History
Very impressive, tautly organized, deserves that little nytimes medal or whatever on the cover. Covers v gross man who was soviet russia's main newspaperman from Barbarossa on. Gross man wrote about Stalingrad to Berlin, and wrote a novel. Like Shostakovich, was not a total favorite of Stalin , but ...
Starts 00:30 Sunday 18th November: Elliot Levey reads Vasily Grossman's front line despatches from the battle of Stalingrad#1. Through Chekhov's Eyes: In the war of the rats, snipers like Anatoly Chekhov reigned. Powerfully written.Extraordinary.One of those that shall remain un-rated.