An Armenian Sketchbook (New York Review Books Classics)


An NYRB Classics Original

Few writers needed to confront as the various final century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote with terrifying readability concerning the Shoah, the conflict of Stalingrad, and the phobia Famine within the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, in spite of the fact that, indicates us a truly diverse Grossman, awesome for his tenderness, heat, and experience of fun.
      
After the  Soviet executive confiscated—or, as Grossman continually placed it, “arrested”—Life and Fate, he took at the job of revising a literal Russian translation of an extended Armenian novel. the radical was once of little curiosity to him, yet he wanted cash and was once obviously comfortable of an excuse to trip to Armenia. An Armenian Sketchbook is his account of the 2 months he spent there.
      
This is through a long way the main own and intimate of Grossman’s works, endowed with an air of absolute spontaneity, as if he's easily chatting to the reader approximately his impressions of Armenia—its mountains, its old church buildings, its people—while additionally studying his personal concepts and moods. a perfectly human account of shuttle to a remote position, An Armenian Sketchbook additionally has the bright attraction of a self-portrait.

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