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Epic and insightful,
This review is from: Life And Fate (Paperback)
This is an outstanding book. Epic in its ambition, it manages to completely evoke not just a place and time but to give a shattering insight into the nature of Soviet Russia. There are not only incidents and passages in this book which will stay with me forever (some described by other reviewers) but also ideas and insights about war and totalitarianism as well as the complexity of people themselves.
Much of the contemporary fiction I have read in recent years seems pretty shrivelled and worthless in comparison to this.