Life and Fate: The Complete Series (Dramatised)

  • by Vasily Grossman
  • Narrated by Kenneth Branagh, David Tennant
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Kenneth Branagh stars in BBC Radio 4's ambitious eight-hour dramatisation of Life and Fate, Vasily Grossman's epic masterpiece set during the Battle of Stalingrad. This powerful work, completed in 1960, charts the fate of both a nation and a family in the turmoil of war. Its comparison of Stalinism with Nazism was considered by Soviet authorities to be so dangerous that the KGB placed the manuscript under arrest and Grossman was informed his book would not be published for at least 200 years.
Having been a household name as one of Russia's most distinguished war correspondents, Grossman died aged 58 - the banning of his book hastening the end of his life - and he would never know the fate of his masterpiece: smuggled out of the Soviet Union on microfilm, to freedom and eventual publication in the West. Today it is increasingly hailed as the most important Russian novel of the 20th century.

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Wonderful writing and superb cast

Wonderful writing and superb cast.
A true and frightening account of a terrible chapter in Russian history brought to life in an expertly written and brilliantly performed radio drama.
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- me

super cast

you will struggle to find a more poignant beautiful production. the cast is like a who's who of British theatre.. long live BBC drama
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- Pete

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-10-2011
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited