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 a 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 389,027 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Vasily Grossman is the 507th most popular writer (up from 650th in 2019), the 48th most popular biography from Ukraine (up from 77th in 2019) and the 12th most popular Ukrainian 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 507 out of 5,794Before him are Frank Herbert, Ellen G. White, George Steiner, Giorgos Seferis, Héloïse, and Abai Qunanbaiuly. After him are Camille Flammarion, Paul Lafargue, José Martí, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harper Lee, and Philip Larkin.

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Among people born in 1905, Vasily Grossman ranks 17Before him are Dag Hammarskjöld, Faustina Kowalska, Astrid of Sweden, Mikhail Sholokhov, Carl David Anderson, and Felix Bloch. After him are Arthur Koestler, Raymond Cattell, Marcel Lefebvre, Raymond Aron, Fred Trump, and Guillermo Stábile. Among people deceased in 1964, Vasily Grossman ranks 13Before him are Victor Francis Hess, Alma Mahler, Rachel Carson, James Franck, Frans Eemil Sillanpää, and Gerrit Rietveld. After him are Gerhard Domagk, Karl Polanyi, Leo Szilard, Giorgio Morandi, Hans von Euler-Chelpin, and Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck.

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In Ukraine

Among people born in Ukraine, Vasily Grossman ranks 48 out of 913Before him are Sviatoslav Richter (1915), Ilya Ehrenburg (1891), Ivan Mazepa (1639), Viktor Yushchenko (1954), Andrey Vyshinsky (1883), and Anne of Kiev (1025). After him are Moshe Sharett (1894), Vladimir II Monomakh (1053), Leonid Kuchma (1938), Lazar Kaganovich (1893), Levi Eshkol (1895), and Nikolai Berdyaev (1874).

Among WRITERS In Ukraine

Among writers born in Ukraine, Vasily Grossman ranks 12Before him are Taras Shevchenko (1814), Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (1836), Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888), Sholem Aleichem (1859), Joseph Roth (1894), and Ilya Ehrenburg (1891). After him are Isaac Babel (1894), Anton Makarenko (1888), Ze'ev Jabotinsky (1880), Irène Némirovsky (1903), Lesya Ukrainka (1871), and Clarice Lispector (1920).