Writer at War A Soviet Journalist with the Red Army, 1941-1945

ISBN-10: 0307275337

ISBN-13: 9780307275332

Edition: N/A

Authors: Vasily Grossman

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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.”
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Grossman, a graduate in physics and mathematics from Moscow University, worked first as a chemical engineer and became a published writer during the mid-1930s. His early stories and novel deal with such politically orthodox themes as the struggle against the tsarist regime, the civil war, and the building of the new society. Grossman served as a war correspondent during World War II, publishing a series of sketches and stories about his experiences. Along with Ehrenburg, he edited the suppressed documentary volume on the fate of Soviet Jews, The Black Book. In 1952 the first part of his new novel, For the Good of the Cause, appeared and was sharply criticized for its depiction of the war. The censor rejected another novel, Forever Flowing (1955), which was circulated in samizdat and published in the West. The secret police confiscated a sequel to For the Good of the Cause, the novel Life and Fate, in 1961, but a copy was smuggled abroad and published in 1970. Grossman's books were issued in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s and have met with both admiration and, on part of the nationalist right wing, considerable hostility.

Introduction Translators' Note Glossar?
The Shock of Invasion 1941
Baptism of Fire August 1941
The Terrible Retreat August to September 1941
On the Bryansk Front September 1941
With the 50th Army September 1941
Back into the Ukraine September 1941
The German Capture of Orel October 1941
The Withdrawl before Moscow October 1941
The Year of Stalingrad 1942
In the South January 1942
The Air War in the South January 1942
On the Donets with the Black Division January and February 1942
With the Khasin Tank Brigade February 1942
'The Ruthless Truth of War' March 1942 to July 1942
The Road to Stalingrad August 1942
The September Battles
The Stalingrad Academy Autumn 1942
The October Battles
The Tide Turned November 1942
Recovering the Occupied Territories 1943
After the Battle January 1943
Winning Back the Motherland The Early Spring of 1943
The Battle of Kursk July 1943
From the Dnepr to the Vistula 1944
The Killing Ground of Berdichev January 1944
Across the Ukraine to Odessa March & April 1944
Operation Bagration June & July 1944
Treblinka July 1944
Amid the Ruins of the Nazi World
Warsaw and L�dz January 1945
Into the Lair of the Fascist Beast January 1945
The Battle for Berlin April & May 1945
Afterword The Lies of Victory
Bibliography Source
Maps Gomel and the Central Front, August 1941
In the Donbass, January to March 1942
Stalingrad, Autumn and Winter 1942
The Battle of Kursk, July 1943
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