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The Road

by Vasily Grossman

This amazing collection of fiction and non-fiction by one of the 20th century's most talented and most overlooked writers re-demonstrates that Grossman was a meticulous documentarian of the Russian soul. There is pathos and sorrow here, most notably in "The Hell of Treblinka," but there is hope and lightness as well, albeit at times tinged with the inescapable Soviet Orthodoxy. Grossman's letters to his deceased mother are heart-wrenching, and his short stories profoundly memorable. Robert Chandler's superb editing, introduction and notes make this a collector's edition.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: Mar/Apr 2011