Human history is not the battle of good struggling to overcome evil. It is a battle fought by a great evil struggling to crush a small kernel of human kindness… Vasily Grossman


The road : short fiction and articles Vasily Grossman ; translated from the Russian by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler with Olga Mukovnikova ; with an introduction and notes by Robert Chandler with Yury Bit-Yunan ; and with an afterword by Fyodor Gube. London : MacLehose Press, 2010 Hardcover. 1st ed., later printing. 392 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text. VG/VG

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Vasily Grossman was born in 1905 into a Jewish family in Ukraine. Life and Fate, his masterpiece, was considered a threat to the totalitarian regime, and Grossman was told that there was no chance of the novel being published for another 200 years. He died in 1964.

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Widely proclaimed as one of the outstanding literary figures of the twentieth century his short fiction collected here – satire, comedy, tragedy and pure narrative – illustrate the breadth of his work, and demonstrate the delicate irony and extraordinary vividness for which he has become known.

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In addition to the eleven stories, this volume includes the complete text of ‘The Hell of Treblinka’, one of the first descriptions of a Nazi extermination camp; a powerful and harrowing piece of journalism written only weeks after the camp was dissolved.

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Beautifully illuminated by Robert Chandler’s introductions and endnotes, with photographs from the family archive, and an Afterword by Grossman’s stepson, Fyodor Guber.

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