A Novel of Freedom: Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman

Rediscovering the man and his work

A presentation by Dr. Carol GARRARD, Independent Writer and Editor, Dr. John GARRARD, Professor of Russian Literature, University of Arizona, and Dr. Giovanni MADDALENA, Professor of Philosophy, University of Molise, Italy

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center

The presentation focuses on Vasily Grossman during the Battle for Stalingrad, analyzing the 100 days of the streetfighting at Stalingrad. From October 12th through November 19th of 1942, the Red Army garrison under General Vasily Chuikov,though badly outnumbered and outgunned, held off the might of the entire German 6th Army. Their courage and sacrifice bought time for Marshal Georgy Zhukov to assemble a counter-offensive across the Volga. Zhukov's strike force, in 96 hours, encircled the Germans, and swung the "hinge of fate" decisively back on the Wehrmacht. Grossman was present during the most savage battles of that fighting. He claimed that "freedom engendered the victory" and it is the paradoxical nature of that freedom which must be understood as we contemplate the Red Army's brilliant victory.

The event is open to the public and free of charge.

About this Event

Date: Friday, March 19, 2010
Time: 8pm
Location: The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center
3900 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC
Metro: Red Line, Brookland/CUA

About the Speakers

Dr. Carol Garrard
Independent Writer and Editor
Dr. John Garrard
Professor of Russian Literature, University of Arizona
Dr. Giovanni Maddalena
Professor of Philosophy, University of Molise, Italy


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