Life and Fate: The Great Patriotic War’s Impact on the Soviet Union in Vasily Grossman’s Epic Novel

Photo of Grossman during WWII

Vasily Grossman, 1945. Source Many Americans have read Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, or Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace. However, few have heard of a similarly titled and sized work: Vasily Grossman’s epic, Life and Fate. Although its structure bears resemblance to the former two novels, Life and Fate‘s unique setting gives it significance in Soviet history unparalleled by most […]

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Back to the Futurist: Dziga Vertov’s Man With a Movie Camera

This blog’s home page image features a still from Dziga Vertov’s 1929 film, Man with a Movie Camera. Considered the first documentary film ever made, it’s a movie I’ve long admired for its inventiveness and ingenuity. Prior to this post, I had little idea about how significantly the Russian Futurist movement influenced Vertov and this film. However, […]

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