Life and Fate is Vasily Grossman‘s magnum opus. It is a large book, panoramic like War and Peace in its treatment of a doomed foreign invasion of Russia: its high point is the Battle of Stalingrad. The book is in effect the War and Peace of the Second World War. In 2011 the BBC made an 13-part radio adaptation with Kenneth Branagh, Greta Scacchi, Janet Suzman, David Tennant, Harriet Walter and a cast of thousands. You can get the whole thing as part of your Audible.com subscription ($14.95 a month). The BBC did make all the episodes available for free download, but only for two weeks after the broadcast. The two episodes below seem to be the only ones still available free of charge on YouTube.

Wikipedia has an exhaustive entry on Life and Fate. I’d recommend spending the time reading the book itself!

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