A Writer at War

A Writer at War

Vasily Grossman With the Red Army, 1941-1945

Book - 2006
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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."
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2006.
ISBN: 9780375424076
0375424075
Characteristics: xxi, 378 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Vinogradova, Luba
Beevor, Antony 1946-

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Oct 15, 2013

These are the fascinating notes of Vasily Grossman, a Russian journalist during World War II. He was with the Red Army during the encirclement by the German army at Leningrad and the liberation of Berlin and Moscow. He also was with the Red Army when they discovered the atrocities at Treblinka and Babi Yar. His observations and interviews with everyone he meets from the lowliest peasant to high ranking officers and commissars will give anyone a better understanding of this lesser known part of World War II. It also gave me valuable insights into the extreme racial tension, nationalism and ethnic cleansing that exists even today in Russia and in Eastern Europe. He used his notes to write his masterpiece Life and Fate.

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