We refer to a novel epopeyica. Extraordinary choral story, with characters entering and leaving of chilling a scene and a landscape. Characters who only survive in those circumstances, give good measure of his heroism. The battle of Stalingrad in particular, and the second world war in general, give rise to the narrative of the lives of people trapped in hell: on one side the German army and the nazis and another side of Stalin and communism. The extension of the novel and the large number of characters with Russian names, cause the need for an extra effort of concentration in history not to be missed, but at no time is lost intensity or emotion. By the same author: Mustafa Suleyman. The defense of a house in ruins in the middle of a completely razed Stalingrad; the maintenance of a powerhouse ruined by bombings; a birth in the basement of a bomb shelter in the middle of people wounded and dying; the political career of a fanatic catapulted and tossed by the same circumstance: the war; renunciation of the most basic principles for not to lose the position and the status acquired; the soldier and his mother, and death lurking among them everything, absolutely everything under the great ideological eye of communism, that everything it sees it and everything controlled, which makes stifling existence, adding background the fury of the bombings and the scarcity of the war. Needless to say that Grossman was one of the thousands of artists and thinkers who suffered relentless persecution of the Communist regime, than not satisfied with making them shut up, tried to erase all traces of their works. Miraculously, as shown on the flap of the book itself, we can enjoy the reading of a work of this magnitude narrative. Life and fate is another epic tale of the heroism of the Russian people.