Designed as an in-depth approach to his work, this paper is based on the creation of a writer who in the first stage of his artistic career rallied to socialist ideas, later relying on freedom and truth as a result of persecution and isolation to which he is subjected. to the exponents of the Soviet totalitarian regime - inevitable consequences borne by writers who showed enough courage not to follow ideological directives. Characterized by an obvious tragedy, the work of Vasili Semionovici Grossman belongs to the sphere of dehumanization literature. Translated into many languages and sold in large numbers, especially in the West, Grossman's creation captured the attention of the general public and critics, but this phenomenon occurred relatively recently, due to the inclusion of the writer by Soviet ideologues. awkward authors. In fact, in the Romanian cultural space, only after 1990 there is a slight increase in public interest in the creation of Vasili Grossman, given the fact that starting this year the Romanian reader has access to his major works, namely Panta rhei and Life and Destiny . If we take into account the aspect of the critical reception of Grossman's work in Romania, it is necessary to recognize the deficient side of this phenomenon which is distinguished only by sporadic actions. Consequently, one of the premises of this volume is the analysis in terms of detail of the prose of the Russian writer, especially the two fundamental works - Life and Destiny and Panta Rhei - from the perspective of the literary, historical and social context in which it falls. approached, but also of its reception, in Romania, in the West, but also in the Russian space. This approach became possible by resorting to studies of literary criticism in Romanian, Russian, English and also, by comparison with other works, intertextuality was used in this sense as the main tool of literary analysis. This method allowed a clearer picture of the analyzed literary phenomenon, of the situation of Grossman's work in the respective literary context, but also of its understanding in the historical, social, cultural and psychological conjuncture of the bloody twentieth century.
Representing the revised version of the doctoral thesis The Crisis of Identity Landmarks in Totalitarian Society in Vasili Grossman's prose, the paper proves a topicality that can be argued by the subject itself in thought and action. Grossman's literature is a literature revealing the atrocities of the two totalitarian regimes - Soviet and Nazi - and, although there are numerous documents, testimonies, analyzes and studies on this period in human history, their overwhelming number does not diminish the severity of the diagnosis. which Vasili Grossman establishes in his work. On the contrary, their importance has increased due to their literary value, to which is added the lucidity and journalistic rigor with which the events are captured and reproduced.