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BOOK DISCUSSION: ‘For Stalin, You Fuckers!’: Vasily Grossman’s notebooks and WWII

March 27 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm

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unnamedDuring the Second World War, Vasily Grossman served as a war
correspondent for the newspaper Red Star.  He was on or near the front line most of the time and he recorded his experiences in notebooks. The first entries are from August 1941; the last , written inBerlin, from May 1945.  All the entries are remarkably direct, as regards both style and content.  Grossman records people’s actual words, describes the feelings of both soldiers and civilians and does not gloss over acts of brutality, whether committed by Germans or Soviets.  Grossman talked with rank-and-file soldiers, with peasant women whose hope was that the Germans would put an end to the collective farms they so hated, and with Vasily Chuikov and Andrey Yeromenko, the generals in command of the armiesdefending Stalingrad.  Grossman had a unique gift for getting people from all walks of life to talk to him freely and openly. These notebooks have not yet been published in full. Oleg Budnitsky will discuss them as a source for the history of the war, as a source for his novels and as a literary work in their own right. (Pushkin House)

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