Kenneth Branagh stars in BBC Radio 4’s bold eight-hour dramatisation of Life and Destiny, Vasily Grossman’s epic masterpiece set through the Battle of Stalingrad. This highly effective work, accomplished in 1960, charts the destiny of each a nation and a household within the turmoil of struggle. Its comparability of Stalinism with Nazism was thought of by Soviet authorities to be so harmful that the KGB positioned the manuscript below arrest and Grossman was knowledgeable his ebook wouldn’t be printed for a minimum of 200 years. Having been a family identify as considered one of Russia’s most distinguished struggle correspondents, Grossman died aged 58 – the banning of his ebook hastening the tip of his life – and he would by no means know the destiny of his masterpiece: smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm, to freedom and eventual publication within the West. At this time it’s more and more hailed as crucial Russian novel of the twentieth century.
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