A book judged so dangerous in the Soviet Union that not only the manuscript but the ribbons on which it had been typed were confiscated by the state, Life and Fate is an epic tale of World War II and a profound reckoning with the dark forces that dominated the twentieth century.

Interweaving a transfixing account of the battle of Stalingrad with the story of a single middle-class family, the Shaposhnikovs, scattered by fortune from Germany to Siberia, Vasily Grossman fashions an immense, intricately detailed tapestry depicting a time of almost unimaginable horror and even stranger hope.

Life and Fate juxtaposes bedrooms and snipers' nests, scientific laboratories and the Gulag, taking us deep into the hearts and minds of characters ranging from a boy on his way to the gas chambers to Hitler and Stalin themselves.

This novel of unsparing realism and visionary moral intensity is one of the supreme achievements of modern Russian literature.

Genre: Historical

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February 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: Life and Fate: A Novel
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 0-06-015365-2 / 978-0-06-015365-6 (USA edition)
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September 1985 : UK Hardback
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Title: Life and Fate
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 0-00-261454-5 / 978-0-00-261454-2 (UK edition)
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January 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series)
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 1-78487-196-6 / 978-1-78487-196-3 (UK edition)
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April 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life And Fate (Orange Inheritance) (Vintage Classic Russians Series)
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 0-09-956063-1 / 978-0-09-956063-0 (UK edition)
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October 2006 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series)
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 0-09-950616-5 / 978-0-09-950616-4 (UK edition)
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May 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Life and Fate (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 1-59017-201-9 / 978-1-59017-201-8 (USA edition)
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July 1995 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life And Fate
Author(s): Vasily Grossman, Robert Chandler
ISBN: 1-86046-019-4 / 978-1-86046-019-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Press
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December 1992 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life and Fate
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 0-00-271207-5 / 978-0-00-271207-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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March 1987 : USA Paperback
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Title: Life and Fate: A Novel
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 0-06-091384-3 / 978-0-06-091384-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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September 1986 : UK Paperback
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Title: Life and Fate (Flamingo S.)
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
ISBN: 0-00-654158-5 / 978-0-00-654158-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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June 2012 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Life and Fate (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
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April 2011 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Life And Fate (Vintage Classic Russians Series) (Orange Inheritance Book 2)
Author(s): Vasily Grossman
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