PEN World Voices Festival | NYC April 25 – May 1, 2016

The Novelist as Truthteller: The Achievement and Legacy of Vasily Grossman

Vasily Grossman’s career as a novelist and reporter extended from the depth of Stalin’s terror in the 1930s to the slushy uncertainties of Kruschev’s thaw. Along the way, he wrote one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century literature, Life and Fate. This panel will explore the life and work of a writer intimately acquainted with questions of courage and cowardice, for whom fiction was nothing if not the pursuit of truth.

Presented in association with The Public Theater, a center for culture, arts, and ideas, and co-sponsored by New York Review of Books Classics and the Polish Cultural Institute.