Vasilii Grossman: V gorode Berdicheve (1986 words)


For much of his life Vasily Grossman was engaged in protracted battles, struggling to publish, sometimes succeeding and sometimes failing. His debut as a professional writer, however, was surprisingly swift and successful. In 1934 he published not only Glyukauf (Glück Auf), a novel about a coal-mining community in the Donbass, but also a short story, V gorode Berdicheve (“In the Town of Berdichev”), set during the Polish-Soviet War (February 1919 – March 1921). This story about a woman commissar serving with a Red Army cavalry unit was printed in the prestigious Literaturnaya gazeta (The Literary Gazette) and attracted considerable attention.

The plot is relatively …

Citation: Chandler, Robert. "V gorode Berdicheve". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 April 2019 [, accessed 24 June 2021.]

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