New York; (1985): Harper & Row. First American Edition. Thick Large Octavo. Item #027723
880 pages. On its completion in 1960, this book was suppressed by the KGB. Twenty years later it was smuggled out of the Soveit Union on microfilm. At the centre of this epic work is the battle of Stalingrad. Within a world torn apart by ideological tyranny and war, Grossman's characters must work out their destinies. Grossman had covered Hitler's Operation Barbarossa from the inside, writing dispatches for the Red armies official publication Red Star. He reported the insane order of Stalin using tens of thousands of soldiers just as cannon fodder as well as the vicious rapes and maming of civilians as they moved into Germany. How the work was smuggled out of the Soviet Union is a remarkable story and the fact that the book was printed in a fairly small print run, makes the original editions very scarce. The previous owner's name is noted on the first free endpaper. Bound in green cloth, spine lettering silver, slight creas to spine otherwise near fine in an unclipped pictorial dust jacket with slight rubbing to edges.