AWARDS: VASILY GROSSMAN won the Canadian Jewish Literary Award  for biography, Saskatchewan Nonfiction Award, became a finalist in the 2019 National Jewish Book Awards, and was long-listed for the 2019 Cundill History Prize:

It has been chosen by the Christian Science Monitor among 5 best biographies of March 2019:

Recently I received a surprise message:

"Greetings from Los Angeles. We're writing to let 
you know that you have been included in our recently
published video wiki "Authors Producing Well-Researched
Ezvid Wiki published my profile and included my talk at the Canadian 
Jewish Literary Awards. If you choose to listen, skip the introduction part. 
The professor, apparently, never read my book and made misleading remarks
about its content. My talk begins at 3:37.

Major Reviews of Vasily Grossman:

The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal

National Post

Financial Times

The Economist


The New York Times Review of Books:

The Wall Street Journal:

The Spectator:

The New Yorker:

Midwest Book Review:


Interview with Ivan Wise for the Better Known radio podcast:

Alexandra Popoff

Interview for the BBC Radio 4 documentary, a series of broadcasts under the title GROSSMAN’S WAR:

Radio Interview with Jennifer Eremeeva of New Books:

The Voice of Russia: Radio Interview and Excerpt from THE WIVES

CBC Sunday Edition, January 2012 Interview (with Michael Enright) starts at 25.09 min.

BBC-TV documentary The Trouble with Tolstoy: At War With Himself starts at 44.54 min.

By Alexandra

Essay: Tablet Magazine

Essay: Literary Hub

Blog Post:  Tolstoy’s Disciple and ‘Evil Genius’

Essay:  The Talented Mr. Chertkov: Leo Tolstoy’s False Disciple

Blog Post: Not the Woman You Thought She Was

Essay: Publishers Weekly

Recent Reviews by Alexandra:

Profile and Recommended World War II Novels

Of Last Witnesses by Svetlana Alexievich

Five Best: Alexandra Popoff on Russia and the Soviet Union

Of The Year of the Comet by Sergei Lebedev

Of Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine by Sophie Pinkham

Of Where Bears Roam the Streets by Jeff Parker:

Of Words Will Break Cement by Masha Gessen

Of The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray

Of Tolstoy: A Russian Life by R. Bartlett The Boston Globe

Of Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine by Yang Jisheng

Of The Force of Things by Alexander Stille

Of Lina and Serge: The Love and Wars of Lina Prokofiev by Simon Morrison

Alexandra Popoff on Sophia Tolstoy: A Biography