Vasily Grossman

1905 - 1964

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Vasily Semyonovich Grossman (Russian: Васи́лий Семёнович Гро́ссман; Ukrainian: Василь Семенович Гроссман; 12 December (29 November, Julian calendar) 1905 – 14 September 1964) was a Soviet writer and journalist. Born to a Jewish family in Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire, Grossman trained as a chemical engineer at Moscow State University, earning the nickname Vasya-khimik ("Vasya the Chemist") because of his diligence as a student. Upon graduation he took a job in Stalino (now Donetsk) in the Donets Basin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Vasily Grossman has received more than 465,404 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia. Vasily Grossman is the 463rd most popular writer (up from 507th in 2019), the 50th most popular biography from Ukraine (down from 48th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Writer.

Vasily Grossman is most famous for his book Life and Fate, which was not published in Russia until the late 1980s.

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Among writers, Vasily Grossman ranks 463 out of 5,755Before him are Salman Rushdie, Frances Hodgson Burnett, William of Rubruck, Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, and Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus. After him are Wu Cheng'en, Enheduanna, Léopold Sédar Senghor, Henry IV of Castile, René Guénon, and Wolfram von Eschenbach.

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Among people born in 1905, Vasily Grossman ranks 16Before him are Dag Hammarskjöld, Henry Fonda, Mikhail Sholokhov, Faustina Kowalska, Astrid of Sweden, and Carl David Anderson. After him are Felix Bloch, Marcel Lefebvre, Arthur Koestler, Artem Mikoyan, Raymond Aron, and Raymond Cattell. Among people deceased in 1964, Vasily Grossman ranks 12Before him are Rachel Carson, Norbert Wiener, James Franck, Alma Mahler, Gerhard Domagk, and Victor Francis Hess. After him are Karl Polanyi, Frans Eemil Sillanpää, Leo Szilard, Gerrit Rietveld, Giorgio Morandi, and Palmiro Togliatti.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Vasily Grossman ranks 50 out of 1,083Before him are Vladimir II Monomakh (1053), Sholem Aleichem (1859), George Gamow (1904), Symon Petliura (1879), Ilya Ehrenburg (1891), and Anne of Kiev (1025). After him are Lazar Kaganovich (1893), Sviatoslav Richter (1915), Rodion Malinovsky (1898), Nikolai Berdyaev (1874), David Oistrakh (1908), and Levi Eshkol (1895).

Among WRITERS In Ukraine

Among writers born in Ukraine, Vasily Grossman ranks 11Before him are Taras Shevchenko (1814), Anna Akhmatova (1889), Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836), Joseph Roth (1894), Sholem Aleichem (1859), and Ilya Ehrenburg (1891). After him are Lesya Ukrainka (1871), Isaac Babel (1894), Irène Némirovsky (1903), Anton Makarenko (1888), Ivan Franko (1856), and Ze'ev Jabotinsky (1880).