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What Endures is the Individual – “Life and Fate” – Vasily Grossman

April 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Communism, Humanism

From Linda Grant’s Introduction:

For Grossman, communism and fascism are ephemera. What matters, what endures, is the individual and the ordinary act of human kindness, indeed the often senseless act of kindness, as when an old Russian woman, about to hoist a brick in the face of a captured German soldier, instead finds to her own incomprehension that she has reached into her pocket and given him a piece of bread. And in the years to come, will still never be able to understand why she did it.

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