The People Immortal by Vasily Grossman - first published 1942- translated from Russian by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler - 2022 - to be published by The New York Review of Books September 22, 2022 - 252 pages
Born: December 12, 1905, Berdychiv, Ukraine
Stalingrad- first published in Russia in 1952- published translated into English by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler - 2019
Life and Fate - 1960- translated by Robert Chandler-2006-considered his masterwork
His WW Two reporting has been collected -The Road: Stories, Journalism, and Essays, translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler with Olga Mukovnikova, commentary and notes by Robert Chandler with Yury Bit-Yunan, afterword by Fyodor Guber, New York, New York Review Books, 2010, ISB
Died: September 14, 1964, Moscow, Russia
The People Immortal is set during the catastrophic for Russia first few months of the German invasion of the country. It centers on a Russian army battalion whose mission is to, at any cost, slow the advancing Germans. Through the eyes of Russians ranging from privates who want only to go home to Generals with deep love for the motherland Grossman brings the Russian experience vividly to life. Germans are portrayed as brutal killers without a shred of humanity. Nazis are Germans who have never heard of Goethe or Beethoven but worship Hitler.
For me the best part of this marvelous work were the many conversations.
Julia Volohova has contributed an informative introduction and afterword.