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Author: Alexandra Popoff Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 ISBN: 9781538428566
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If Vasily Grossman’s 1961 masterpiece, Life and Fate, had been published during his lifetime, it would have reached the world together with Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago and before Solzhenitsyn’s Gulag. But Life and Fate was seized by the Russian KGB. When it emerged posthumously, decades later, it was recognized as the War and Peace of the twentieth century. Always at the epicenter of events, Grossman (1905–1964) was among the first to describe the Holocaust and the Ukrainian famine. His 1944 article “The Hell of Treblinka” became evidence at the Nuremberg trials. Grossman’s powerful antitotalitarian works liken the Nazis’ crimes against humanity with those of Stalin.

We are only now able to examine Grossman’s prose, which has the everlasting quality of great art, as well as his life and legacy, which Popoff’s authoritative biography illuminates.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fine biography of Soviet dissident writer Vasily Grossman…This well-researched portrait should introduce many new readers to a significant writer whose stand against totalitarian ideology, as Popoff’s epilogue on Putin’s veneration of Stalin demonstrates, has taken on new relevance and urgency today.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A harrowing tale of cruelty and courage…An unforgettable portrait of one brave soul’s triumph over a soulless state.”

    Michael Shelden, author of Young Titan

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About the Author

Alexandra Popoff is the award-winning author of literary biographies, including Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography; The Wives: Women behind Russia’s Literary Giants, a Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2012 in Nonfiction; and Tolstoy’s False Disciple: The Untold Story of Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Chertkov. She began her career as a journalist working in Moscow. As an Alfred Friendly Press Fellow she published her work in the Philadelphia Inquirer and its Sunday magazine. She also contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Globe and Mail, National Post, and Boston Globe.

About the Narrator

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.