By Vasily Grossman
An NYRB Classics Original
Few writers needed to confront as a few of the final century’s mass tragedies as Vasily Grossman, who wrote with terrifying readability concerning the Shoah, the conflict of Stalingrad, and the fear Famine within the Ukraine. An Armenian Sketchbook, even if, indicates us a really various Grossman, remarkable for his tenderness, heat, and experience of fun.
After the Soviet govt confiscated—or, as Grossman continually placed it, “arrested”—Life and destiny, he took at the activity of revising a literal Russian translation of an extended Armenian novel. the unconventional used to be of little curiosity to him, yet he wanted cash and was once obviously joyful of an excuse to commute to Armenia. An Armenian Sketchbook is his account of the 2 months he spent there.
This is by way of a ways 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 interpreting his personal suggestions and moods. a perfectly human account of trip to a remote position, An Armenian Sketchbook additionally has the brilliant allure of a self-portrait.
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An Armenian Sketchbook by Vasily Grossman