Vasilii Grossman: Mama (2940 words)


“Mama” was written in 1960 but first published only in 1989, in the volume Neskol’ko pechal’nykh dnei [A Few Sad Days]. Like Grossman’s other last stories, it is more laconic and more modernist than his two great Stalingrad novels, Za pravoe delo (For a Just Cause [English translation titled “Stalingrad”]) and Zhizn’ i sud’ba [Life and Fate]. In Life and FateGrossman spells out his thoughts very clearly indeed and is not afraid to repeat them; in his last stories he often only hints at them. If Life and Fateis comparable to a Shostakovich symphony, these stories are more like his quartets.

Like much of Grossman’s fiction, &…

Citation: Chandler, Robert. "Mama". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 December 2018 [, accessed 09 December 2022.]

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