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An Armenian Sketchbook (New York Review Books Classics) - Vasily Grossman
An Armenian Sketchbook (New York Review Books Classics)
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An NYRB Classics OriginalFew writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote with terrifying clarity about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror Famine in the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, however, shows us a very different... show more
An NYRB Classics OriginalFew writers had to confront as many of the last century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote with terrifying clarity about the Shoah, the Battle of Stalingrad, and the Terror Famine in the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, however, shows us a very different Grossman, notable for his tenderness, warmth, and sense of fun.       After the  Soviet government confiscated—or, as Grossman always put it, “arrested”—Life and Fate, he took on the task of revising a literal Russian translation of a long Armenian novel. The novel was of little interest to him, but he needed money and was evidently glad of an excuse to travel to Armenia. An Armenian Sketchbook is his account of the two months he spent there.       This is by far the most personal and intimate of Grossman’s works, endowed with an air of absolute spontaneity, as though he is simply chatting to the reader about his impressions of Armenia—its mountains, its ancient churches, its people—while also examining his own thoughts and moods. A wonderfully human account of travel to a faraway place, An Armenian Sketchbook also has the vivid appeal of a self-portrait.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781590176184 (1590176189)
ASIN: 1590176189
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
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Leopard
Leopard rated it
4.5 An Armenian Sketchbook , by Vasily Grossman
- Martiros Saryan (1880-1972) "Armenia's national artist" What a coincidence - just a few days after reading Burton Watson's charming The Rainbow World, I happen to read Vasily Grossman's An Armenian Sketchbook. I love little stories of real, existing human beings told by people who still love our...
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What I Happen to Be Reading At the Moment rated it
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Vasily Grossman's An Armenian Sketchbook takes a tone almost like travel writing in describing the people and landscapes he encounters during his exile in Armenia. Grossman was in the process of completing [b:Life and Fate|88432|Life And Fate|Vasily Grossman|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320447178s/...
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