Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Newly-minted Slavic Ph.D., Sophie Pinkham (MARS 2012), reviews the new translation of Vasily Grossman's novel Stalingrad for the New Republic (Aug. 27, 2019).
From the review's conclusion:
Like so much of the Soviet-era literature acclaimed in the West, Grossman’s work is celebrated as a warning of the dangers of revolutionary aspirations. In the decades since they’ve become available to English speakers, his novels have been read as cautionary tales of a world comfortingly distant from American or British readers. But today, the camps, the floods of refugees, the annihilation of cities and nature that Grossman documented seem much closer to our own reality. Stalingrad is, among other things, a testament to the human capacity to rally the bravery, altruism, and resilience needed to bring the world back from the brink of destruction.