My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In a word, Epic.
…instead of a means for strengthening a human community, “race, party, and state” become the end. “Nyet, nyet, nyet! The sole, true, and eternal objective of the struggle for life is a human being, his humble particularity, his right to this particularity.”
To get plausibly inside the past, we need to allow it to have been, as well as tragic, also hopeful, funny, preoccupied and ordinary.
The zealots, bigots and creeps on both sides come across with equal clarity.
When you were a child, you used to run to me for protection. Now, in moments of weakness, I want to hide my head on your knees; I want you to be strong and wise; I want you to protect and defend me.
“Yes, as well as this terrible Good…there is everyday human kindness”
- Vasily Grossman, Everything Flows (wordwabbit.wordpress.com)
- An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman (danitorres.typepad.com)
- Bestselling writers bear witness to the devastation, and glory, of WW II (rbth.ru)