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Translating an Epic: Vasily Grossman's Stalingrad

Robert Chandler, David Herman

01/03/2020 6:30 pm
Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Further tickets for this event will be released in January 2020.

Russian author Vasily Grossman spent four years reporting from the Eastern Front during WWII, where he claimed to read only one book, twice: Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Grossman produced two novels –  Stalingrad, and its sequel, Life and Fate – based on his experience of the pitiless Nazi siege of the city. Like War and Peace, this a family saga; it tells the tale of the Shaposhnikov family and their friends as they battle with the brutalities of war and totalitarianism. Robert Chandler has produced a magnificent first translation into English of Grossman’s masterpiece, one of the supreme accomplishments of 20th century literature.

Robert Chandler


Robert Chandler is the main English translator of Vasily Grossman and Andrey Platonov. He co-edited The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry, and his biography of Alexander Pushkin is published by Pushkin Press. He runs a monthly translation workshop at Pushkin House.

David Herman


David Herman is a former TV producer and has been a freelance writer for the past fifteen years, writing for the New Statesman, Prospect, The Guardian and The Independent. He is chief fiction reviewer of The Jewish Chronicle.

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