Perfection Is Always Simple

Lovely account of how Vasily Grossman came to write his Armenian Sketchbook; and of travelling through present-day Armenia in Grossman’s footsteps. Soviet authorities sent Grossman to Armenia in 1961, ostensibly to translate a novel by Hrachya Kochar, but more probably to stop him from making a fuss about the suppression of his own great novel, Life And Fate. They didn’t want another Pasternak affair (Metered paywall) (1,600 words)

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