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Series: NYRB Classics
Publication Date: September 27, 2022
The People Immortal
by Vasily Grossman, translated from the Russian by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler, introduction and afterword by Robert Chandler and Julia Volohova, original Russian text edited by Julia Volohova
An NYRB Classics OriginalVasily Grossman wrote three novels about the Second World War, each offering a distinct take on what a war novel can be, and each extraordinary. A common set of characters links Stalingrad and Life and Fate, but Stalingrad is not only a moving and exciting story of desperate defense and the turning tide of war, but also a monumental memorial for the countless war dead. Life and Fate, by contrast, is a work of moral and political philosophy as well as a novel, and the deep question it explores is whether or not it is possible to behave ethically in the face of overwhelming violence. The People Immortal is something else entirely. Set during the catastrophic first months of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, this is the tale of an army battalion dispatched to slow the advancing enemy at any cost, with encirclement and annihilation its promised end. A rousing story of resistance, The People Immortal is the novel as weapon in hand.
[An] insightful novel. . . The text, which Grossman wrote shortly after his own visit to the front as a war correspondent, hums with fine details. . . a worthy look into Russian wartime psychology.