George Marsh

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An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman
An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Grossman went to Armenia when distressed by the arrest of Life and Fate and the breaking up of his marriage. He went as a 'translator' who did not know anything of the language (!) and he did not seem to make friends with the writer and other intellectuals he worked with. This gives the narrative a special charm because he is rather isolated, responds reflectively to the landscape (he is very funny about how stony the whole country is) and mixes with the poor peasants. There are rambling reflections on such subjects as the persistence of Paganism in the Armenian version of Christianity, and a fascinating chapter of reflections on a variety of motivations for suicide. It all ends with a… Read more
The Road: Short Fiction and Essays by Vasily Grossman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The early short stories are beautiful.
The report Grossman wrote when the Red Army first entered the Treblinka extermination camp and he was the first writer to collect testimony is devastating. Here there is an editor's essay correcting some errors in the light of more recent and thorough research, and setting it in context.
The profound humanity of Grossman shines through all he writes.
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu
This translation is very fine. It is a beautiful blend of the original ideas and readable, sensitive English. I also love the photography. Jane English has an eye for the elusive Tao!

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