Vasilii Grossman, Zhizn' i sud'ba [Life and Fate]

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After Stalin’s death in 1953, Grossman enjoyed a period of public success. He was awarded a prestigious decoration, “The Red Banner of Labour”, and

Za pravoe delo


For a Just Cause

), the first of his two Stalingrad novels, was republished. Meanwhile he was writing two masterpieces, neither of which was to be published in Russia until the late 1980s:

Zhizn’ i sud’ba


Life and Fate

) and

Vse techet


Everything Flows

). Though sometimes described as a sequel to the politically less heretical

For a Just Cause, Life and Fate

is better seen as a separate novel that includes many of the same characters.

Life and Fate is important both as literature and as history. Grossman achieves in it what many other Soviet writers struggled but failed to achieve: a portrait of an entire age. Every

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Citation: Chandler, Robert. "Zhizn' i sud'ba". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 November 2010 [, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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