Vasily Grossman, now widely regarded as the greatest Russian novelist of the 20th century, died 50 years ago this month. The author of the remarkable Everything Flows and Life and Fate (the only manuscript ever to be itself arrested by the Soviet authorities), Grossman was a crucial witness to the multiple horrors of the period. He did not live to see his greatest books published.
This was a unique evening of readings and discussion: Robert Chandler, Grossman’s finest translator, reported back from the first Grossman conference in Russia; historian Antony Beevor and journalist John Lloyd provided commentary; and Janet Suzman gave a reading of extracts and stories. The panel went on to discuss Grossman’s extraordinary achievement and his legacy both in Russia and internationally, in a conversation chaired by Gareth Evans.