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Vasiliy Grossman: The Genesis and Evolution of a Russian Heretic

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Vasiliy Grossman (1905-1964) is now regarded as one of the major Russian prose writers of this century whose works have been unjustly neglected. An eminent Soviet scholar said, "Solzhenitsyn writes for the hour, Grossman writes for the age" ? a view widely endorsed by other important critics and writers. His two major works, Everything Flows and Life and Fate were only recently published in the former Soviet Union ? a confirmation for many that glasnost was genuine.

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Overview

Vasiliy Grossman (1905-1964) is now regarded as one of the major Russian prose writers of this century whose works have been unjustly neglected. An eminent Soviet scholar said, "Solzhenitsyn writes for the hour, Grossman writes for the age" — a view widely endorsed by other important critics and writers. His two major works, Everything Flows and Life and Fate were only recently published in the former Soviet Union — a confirmation for many that glasnost was genuine.

This is the first major study of Grossman in English. It will be of interest not only to students of Russian literature and politics but also to those who seek a better understanding of the struggle for intellectual and moral autonomy in the totalitarian state.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780854968305
  • Publisher: Berg Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Edition description: English edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Ellis is a Lecturer in Russian and East European Media, at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Glossary
1 The Life and Fate of Vasiliy Grossman 1
Life and Works 1
The Genesis of Heresy 21
2 Soviet Writers and the Great Fatherland War 27
General 27
1941-1945 28
Partisan Warfare in Literature 33
The Summer of 1941 34
From Khrushchev to Gorbachev 36
Glasnost' and the Great Fatherland War 38
3 The War Years: From Bryansk to Berlin 41
The People are Immortal 41
The Stalingrad Sketches 47
Liberation, Genocide, Berlin 64
4 Interpreting Catastrophe: 1945-1960 71
Rank and File 71
The New Officer 80
House 6/1 87
The Snipers 91
Soldiers and Commissars 93
5 Progress, Science and War 101
The Pythagoreans 101
Bombs and Superbombs 114
Science and Heresy 121
Great Men and the Science of War in Tolstoy and Grossman 133
6 Inside the Totalitarian State 149
Early rasskazy and povesti 149
The Tyrant Figure: General Comments 168
The Theme of Tyranny in Stephan Kol'chugin 168
Hitler/Stalin in For a Just Cause 171
Hitler/Stalin: The Party State 175
The Heart of Goodness 190
The Final Heresy 197
The Psychology of Denunciation 202
The Cult of Lenin 205
Defenders of the Faith 211
7 Concluding Remarks 218
Bibliography 1. Vasiliy Grossman: Primary Sources 222
Bibliography 2. Vasiliy Grossman: Secondary Literature 224
Bibliography 3. Select Secondary Reading 229
Index 235
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