Vasily Grossman from the Front Line

  • by Vasily Grossman
  • Narrated by Elliot Levey
  • 0 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Vasily Grossman, author of Life and Fate, was transformed by his experiences as a war correspondent. Following the shock invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, Grossman volunteered for front line duty. Declared unfit for active service he was assigned to Red Star newspaper as a special correspondent. In these BBC Radio programmes, Elliot Levey reads three of Vasily Grossman's front line despatches. The first is a heroic and intimate portrait of a sniper, the second deals with the battle for Stalingrad and the final one details the murder of millions of Jews on Soviet soil: an account that was rejected by the military censor and only rediscovered in the late 1990s.
Translators: Jim Riordan & Polly Zavadivker. Producer: Mark Burman.


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Excellent story telling! He makes you feel like you are right there. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read about the Eastern Front.
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- BobbyLee

From the Front Line to the Soul

I'm left in a chilled, silent awe at Grossman's descriptions. This is a phenomenal achievement. Please, do yourself a favor, listen to this audiobook and investigate the whole of Vasily Grossman's output. It will transform you.
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- Kevin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2012
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited