EXHIBIT: LIFE AND FATE by Vasily Grossman

An exhibit on Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman, the novel of freedom and the Battle of Stalingrad

Presented by Crossroads Cultural Center and the John Paul II Cultural Center

Life and Fate is the masterpiece of Vasily Grossman (1905 - 1964), one of the most important yet most overlooked authors of the 20th Century. Life and Fate depicts the invincible nature of the individual in the face of any form of power, even within the most dramatic circumstances of life.

Grossman's need to tell his story cost him dearly. The Life and Fate manuscript was confiscated by the KGB in 1961. He devoted his remaining years to fighting for his life's work, but died without seeing his book published. The manuscript was sent to the West clandestinely where it was published to great acclaim 20 years after Grossman's death.

The exhbit has two sections: One is dedicated to the life and works of Vasily Grossman; the second one illustrates the profile and stories of the main character of Life and Fate.

The exhibit is an interfaith collaborative project initiated by Italy's Pier Giorgio Frassati Cultural Center of Turin, and the Foundation for Jewish Art, History and Culture of Casale Monferrato. It has been realized thanks to materials provided by Russia's State Central Museum of Contemporary History, which provided 136 original photographs of the Battle of Stalingrad as well as original posters and documents, and the Memorial Foundation of Moscow, which made available 31 documents of various kinds and of great historical interest.

About this Exhibit

Dates: March 19 - May 16, 2010
Location: The John Paul II Cultural Center
3900 Harewood Road, NE
Washington, DC 20017

Guided Tour: Every Sat., 11 - 11:40 am until 05/15

Email for further information or to schedule a guided tour on a different day and time:

Contact Person - Luigi Tanzi:

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