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A Writer at War,
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This review is from: A Writer At War: Vasily Grossman with the Red Army 1941-1945 (Kindle Edition)
I bought this book having read Vasily Grossman's novel, "Life and Fate", an epic account of the battle of Stalingrad. "Life and Fate" is a modern-day "War and Peace". His novel was based on his experiences as a War Correspondent during the Second World War. Many of the incidents which take place in the novel appear at first-hand in "Writer at War".The story is inter-twined with the history of his own family. The book was banned by the Soviet authorities.
"A Writer at War" reproduces many of Grossman's notes made at the time of Stalingrad, and the subsequent progress of the Red Army towards Berlin. He gives a searing account of the effects of the battles on the places he visits, and the people that he meets. He himself narrowly avoided capture on more than one occasion. His writings, warts and all, did not tally with the official versions given of events at the time.
The background to these events is explained by Antony Beevor, author of many books on the Russian history of the time.
These two books make fascinating reading for anyone who is interested in these events, and to anyone who knows nothing of this history, they would be a revelation.