“Grossman was the very first person to make the moral equivalence between Nazism and Stalinism.”
Antony Beevor, Military Historian and Veteran
“It’s the first novel to come out of the 1940s and 50s that attempts a comparative indictment of Hitlerism and Stalinism, the two varieties of totalitarianism that Grossman knew too well.”
Maxim D Shrayer, Literary Scholar
“An amazing and terrifying account, not simply of the battles, but of the armies fighting them.”
Michael Howard, Military Historian and Veteran
“This is a wonderful, rich, melancholic, hopeful book. It’s a bit like Like A Tear in the Ocean: it embeds a piece of history in a well-crafted work of fiction and its characters represent the cornerstones of the period.”
Andreas Wesemann, Entrepreneurs & Business People
“It is about the strange interval of freedom during the Second World War in which the Soviet regime had to trust its people because it couldn’t compel their loyalty.”
Francis Spufford, Historian
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