... In 1960, after a long period of gestation, Life and Fate, a sequel to In a Just Cause on a much more ambitious scale and from a much less orthodox viewpoint, was finally submitted by him for publication. Stalin was by then dead and the grip of Soviet censorship not quite as stifling as it ... Read review
Compelling narrative, political and philosophical insight
Vast cast, complexity, loose ends
"...meaning of the struggle for life lies in the individual, in his modest peculiarities and in his right to these peculiarities.” He finds himself praising, as no orthodox Soviet writer would, one of his characters, a woman who out of simple compassion helps a wounded German soldier even as his fellows are shooting civilian hostages: “This kindness, this stupid kindness, is what is most human in a human being. It’s what sets mankind apart, ..."
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