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When I was at school Solzhenitsyn was the famous Russian ...
on 8 February 2016
When I was at school Solzhenitsyn was the famous Russian dissident writer whose works escaped to the west. Grossman was unheard of at the time. Grossman is not just a far more powerful writer than Solzhenitsyn but he managed a feat that Solzhenitsyn never did - Grossman critiqued the Soviet system whilst he was within it. Even in his "Red Army", heavily-censored, writing he snuck in his own observations and got away with them.
This is a lighter version of his seminal "Life And Fate" - the book that was "arrested" (even the type-writer ribbons were confiscated) but is no less critical of the system, just a tad more subtly-written.