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:

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

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

Blog Post: Not the Woman You Thought She Was

Essay: Publishers Weekly

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