Whale Why?

Minus ten points if you don't know why a literature blog would be called white whale. Time to brush up on that vital life skill, 19th century American fiction!

Herman Melville's MOBY DICK is a fabulous novel, and will grow your brain if you read it.

Besides, poor Melville had a rough life, his later works attracting headlines such as HERMAN MELVILLE CRAZY and eventually he died in obscurity, his talent unrecognised. Give him a break.

LIFE AND FATE by Vasily Grossman

As the title suggests, LIFE AND FATE is a novel with a wide scope. It's a gigantic account of Stalinist Russia, mostly during the secon...