An Armenian Sketchbook (New York Review Books Classics)

An Armenian Sketchbook (New York Review Books Classics)


An NYRB Classics Original

Few writers needed to confront as a number of the 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, despite the fact that, exhibits us a really diverse Grossman, remarkable for his tenderness, heat, and feel of fun.
      
After the  Soviet executive confiscated—or, as Grossman continuously positioned it, “arrested”—Life and Fate, he took at the job of revising a literal Russian translation of a protracted Armenian novel. the unconventional was once of little curiosity to him, yet he wanted cash and used to be obviously joyful of an excuse to trip to Armenia. An Armenian Sketchbook is his account of the 2 months he spent there.
      
This is by means of 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 historic church buildings, its people—while additionally analyzing his personal concepts and moods. a perfectly human account of shuttle to a remote position, An Armenian Sketchbook additionally has the shiny allure of a self-portrait.

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