Vasily Grossman is famous for his masterpiece Life and Fate and his writing as a reporter embedded within the Red Army, particularly for his powerful report on Treblinka. Robert Chandler (his translator and editor of The Road) revealed to us Grossman not only as a heroic witness, but also as a supreme artist, focusing on Grossman's dialogue with another great short story writer, Isaak Babel.
Janet Suzman read from three of Grossman’s recently published short stories.
Robert Chandler is a distinguished translator from both Russian (Platonov, Grossman) and French (Sapho, Apollinaire). He translated Life and Fate into English and edited The Road – a collection of Grossman’s stories, letters and journalism with major biographical information and annotations.
Janet Suzman, born in South Africa, became one of the RSC’s most distinguished actresses, now turned director. Her Cleopatra is legendary; she recently directed Kim Cattrall in the same part to superb notices.