You will not only discover that you love his characters and want to stay with them - that you need them in your life as much as you need your own family and loved ones - but that at the end ... you will want to read it again
Few works of literature since Homer can match the piercing, unshakably humane gaze that Grossman turns on the haggard face of war
There are always good reasons for reading Grossman, but few times are as resonant as our own. As a proud son of Ukraine, steeped in Russian culture, Grossman was both a chronicler of the Soviet Union's greatest victories and a clear-eyed investigator of some of its darkest crimes.
The People Immortal is a remarkable novel that illuminates the terrible realities of Barbarossa and the banal horror of warfare with incomparable understanding and insight. As you would expect from Robert and Elizabeth Chandler, the translation is superb.
Grossman's great and enduring asset as a novelist is that - paradoxically - he didn't have to rely on his imagination. He was there . . . It gives his writing unrivalled authority . . . [A] significant, valuable addition to Grossman's small but powerful body of work
Grossman's future greatness is written in its pages . . . at the heart of his writing lies a tireless humanity and empathy
Its greatest strength lies in its authenticity . . . Grossman combines a journalist's eye with a novelist's empathy
Thanks to a superb translation by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler, based on Julia Volohova's meticulous work on Grossman's original text, we now have the most authoritative edition of The People Immortal yet to appear in English or, indeed, Russian.
Masterful literary fiction . . . Highly recommended, and beyond doubt the best war-related piece of writing this reviewer has read to date
An absorbing book, without the scope and critiques of Grossman's LIFE AND FATE, but with all of its humanity and discernment
An indispensable companion piece to his other works . . . Grossman was one of the greatest chroniclers of the Second World War in all its inhumanity.
Grossman's expansive humanism . . . challenged standard Soviet assumptions about the duality between humans and their environment.