Life and Fate
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Published: 1980
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9780307275332
- Link: Plot summary and themes
- Vasily Grossman died of cancer in the Soviet Union in 1964.
- His novel Life and Fate was composed between 1950 to 1960.
- This is his most ambitious work
- …but was never published during his lifetime.
- This book contains scores of characters and several narratives:
- home life – warfare – Jewish ghetto’s – concentration and labor camps.
- 71 chapters (part 1) – 63 chapters (part 2)- 61 chapters (part 3)
- This feels a bit excessive.
- Viktor’s (main character) mother’s letter from Jewish ghetto
- was the only chapter I really enjoyed in the entire book!
- The the turning point in the lives of many characters
- occurs exactly at the moment of the Russian victory at Stalingrad.
- Grossman’ s other books were more compact and to the point.
- Reading this book was a real chore.
- Fate and Life is marked as one of the best novels of 20th C.
- I am no so sure.
- Panoramic in scope and vivid social realism but weak on writing.
- Grossman uses War and Peace as a structure for the book.
- Although Life and Fate has been praised
- by others it is not the great Russian novel I was looking for.