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Ukraine Diaries

Author : Andrey Kurkov
ISBN : 9781473520479
Genre : Literary Collections
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-16°C, sunlight, silence. I drove the children to school, then went to see the revolution. I walked between the tents. Talked with revolutionaries. They were weary today. The air was thick with the smell of old campfires. Ukraine Diaries is acclaimed writer Andrey Kurkov’s first-hand account of the ongoing crisis in his country. From his flat in Kiev, just five hundred yards from Independence Square, Kurkov can smell the burning barricades and hear the sounds of grenades and gunshot. Kurkov’s diaries begin on the first day of the pro-European protests in November, and describe the violent clashes in the Maidan, the impeachment of Yanukovcyh, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the separatist uprisings in the east of Ukraine. Going beyond the headlines, they give vivid insight into what it’s like to live through – and try to make sense of – times of intense political unrest.
Category: Literary Collections

A Mennonite In Russia

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ISBN : 9781442667730
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In the lives of ordinary people are the truths of history. Such truths abound in the diaries of Jacob Epp, a Russian Mennonite school-teacher, lay minister, farmer, and village secretary in southern Ukraine. This abridged translation of his diaries offers a remarkably vivid picture of Mennonite community life in Imperial Russia during a period of troubled change. Epp’s writings reveal a skilled and honest diarist of deep feelings, and tell a human story that no conventional historical account could hope to equal. The diaries overflow with the details of his workaday world. Family, village, church, and community routines are broken by trips to market, visits to other Mennonite settlements, and a memorable steamer voyage to boomtown Odessa on the Black Sea. He chronicles his long-time involvement in an unusual Imperial experiment in which Mennonites were “model farmers” in Jewish villages. Harvey L. Dyck places the diaries in their historical, ethnocultural, social, religious, economic, and political settings. Based on archival research, interviews, travels, and consultations with other scholars, his detailed and perceptive introduction and analysis trace Jacob Epp’s life and present a sketch and interpretation of his larger family, community, and Imperial world. With striking clarity the diaries and introduction together re-create a time and way of life marked by controversy and flux. They reflect significant facets of the experience of ethno-religious minorities in Imperial Russia and of the development of the southern Ukrainian frontier. Above all, they fill significant missing pages of the great community-centred story of Russian Mennonite life. This book is richly illustrated with maps, black-and-white photographs, and watercolour paintings by Cornelius Hildebrand, Jacob Epp’s former village school pupil and later brother-in-law.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

In Wartime

Author : Tim Judah
ISBN : 9780451495495
Genre : History
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From one of the finest journalists of our time comes a definitive, boots-on-the-ground dispatch from the front lines of the conflict in Ukraine. Ever since Ukraine’s violent 2014 revolution, followed by Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the country has been at war. Misinformation reigns, more than two million people have been displaced, and Ukrainians fight one another on a second front—the crucial war against corruption. With In Wartime, Tim Judah lays bare the events that have turned neighbors against one another and mired Europe’s second-largest country in a conflict seemingly without end. In Lviv, Ukraine’s western cultural capital, mothers tend the graves of sons killed on the other side of the country. On the Maidan, the square where the protests that deposed President Yanukovych began, pamphleteers, recruiters, buskers, and mascots compete for attention. In Donetsk, civilians who cheered Russia’s President Putin find their hopes crushed as they realize they have been trapped in the twilight zone of a frozen conflict. Judah talks to everyone from politicians to poets, pensioners, and historians. Listening to their clashing explanations, he interweaves their stories to create a sweeping, tragic portrait of a country fighting a war of independence from Russia—twenty-five years after the collapse of the USSR.
Category: History

The Ukrainian And Russian Notebooks

Author : Igort
ISBN : 9781451678871
Genre : Comics & Graphic Novels
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Written and illustrated by an award-winning artist and translated into English for the first time, Igort’s The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks is a collection of two harrowing works of graphic nonfiction about life under Russian foreign rule. After spending two years in Ukraine and Russia, collecting the stories of the survivors and witnesses to Soviet rule, masterful Italian graphic novelist Igort was compelled to illuminate two shadowy moments in recent history: the Ukraine famine and the assassination of a Russian journalist. Now he brings those stories to new life with in-depth reporting and deep compassion. In The Russian Notebooks, Igort investigates the murder of award-winning journalist and human rights activist Anna Politkoyskaya. Anna spoke out frequently against the Second Chechen War, criticizing Vladimir Putin. For her work, she was detained, poisoned, and ultimately murdered. Igort follows in her tracks, detailing Anna’s assassination and the stories of abuse, murder, abduction, and torture that Russia was so desperate to censor. In The Ukrainian Notebooks, Igort reaches further back in history and illustrates the events of the 1932 Holodomor. Little known outside of the Ukraine, the Holodomor was a government-sanctioned famine, a peacetime atrocity during Stalin’s rule that killed anywhere from 1.8 to twelve million ethnic Ukrainians. Told through interviews with the people who lived through it, Igort paints a harrowing picture of hunger and cruelty under Soviet rule. With elegant brush strokes and a stark color palette, Igort has transcribed the words and emotions of his subjects, revealing their intelligence, humanity, and honesty—and exposing the secret world of the former USSR.
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels

Death And The Penguin

Author : Andrey Kurkov
ISBN : 9781612190761
Genre : Fiction
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A masterful tale set in post-Soviet Kiev that's both darkly-funny and ominous... In the widely hailed prequel to Penguin Lost, aspiring writer Viktor Zolotaryov leads a down-and-out life in poverty-and-violence-wracked Kiev—he’s out of work and his only friend is a penguin, Misha, that he rescued when the local zoo started getting rid of animals. Even more nerve-wracking: a local mobster has taken a shine to Misha and wants to keep borrowing him for events. But Viktor thinks he’s finally caught a break when he lands a well-paying job at the Kiev newspaper writing “living obituaries” of local dignitaries—articles to be filed for use when the time comes. The only thing is, it seems the time always comes as soon as Viktor writes the article. Slowly understanding that his own life may be in jeopardy, Viktor also realizes that the only thing that might be keeping him alive is his penguin. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Category: Fiction

Borderland

Author : Anna Reid
ISBN : 9780465098781
Genre : History
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Borderland tells the story of Ukraine. A thousand years ago it was the center of the first great Slav civilization, Kievan Rus. In 1240, the Mongols invaded from the east, and for the next seven centureies, Ukraine was split between warring neighbors: Lithuanians, Poles, Russians, Austrians, and Tatars. Again and again, borderland turned into battlefield: during the Cossack risings of the seventeenth century, Russia’s wars with Sweden in the eighteenth, the Civil War of 1918–1920, and under Nazi occupation. Ukraine finally won independence in 1991, with the collapse of the Soviet Union. Bigger than France and a populous as Britain, it has the potential to become one of the most powerful states in Europe.In this finely written and penetrating book, Anna Reid combines research and her own experiences to chart Ukraine’s tragic past. Talking to peasants and politicians, rabbis and racketeers, dissidents and paramilitaries, survivors of Stalin’s famine and of Nazi labor camps, she reveals the layers of myth and propaganda that wrap this divided land. From the Polish churches of Lviv to the coal mines of the Russian-speaking Donbass, from the Galician shtetlech to the Tatar shantytowns of Crimea, the book explores Ukraine’s struggle to build itself a national identity, and identity that faces up to a bloody past, and embraces all the peoples within its borders.
Category: History

The Kennan Diaries

Author : George F. Kennan
ISBN : 9780393242768
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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A landmark collection, spanning ninety years of U.S. history, of the never-before-published diaries of George F. Kennan, America’s most famous diplomat. On a hot July afternoon in 1953, George F. Kennan descended the steps of the State Department building as a newly retired man. His career had been tumultuous: early postings in eastern Europe followed by Berlin in 1940–41 and Moscow in the last year of World War II. In 1946, the forty-two-year-old Kennan authored the “Long Telegram,” a 5,500-word indictment of the Kremlin that became mandatory reading in Washington. A year later, in an article in Foreign Affairs, he outlined “containment,” America’s guiding strategy in the Cold War. Yet what should have been the pinnacle of his career—an ambassadorship in Moscow in 1952—was sabotaged by Kennan himself, deeply frustrated at his failure to ease the Cold War that he had helped launch. Yet, if it wasn’t the pinnacle, neither was it the capstone; over the next fifty years, Kennan would become the most respected foreign policy thinker of the twentieth century, giving influential lectures, advising presidents, and authoring twenty books, winning two Pulitzer prizes and two National Book awards in the process. Through it all, Kennan kept a diary. Spanning a staggering eighty-eight years and totaling over 8,000 pages, his journals brim with keen political and moral insights, philosophical ruminations, poetry, and vivid descriptions. In these pages, we see Kennan rambling through 1920s Europe as a college student, despairing for capitalism in the midst of the Depression, agonizing over the dilemmas of sex and marriage, becoming enchanted and then horrified by Soviet Russia, and developing into America’s foremost Soviet analyst. But it is the second half of this near-century-long record—the blossoming of Kennan the gifted author, wise counselor, and biting critic of the Vietnam and Iraq wars—that showcases this remarkable man at the height of his singular analytic and expressive powers, before giving way, heartbreakingly, to some of his most human moments, as his energy, memory, and finally his ability to write fade away. Masterfully selected and annotated by historian Frank Costigliola, the result is a landmark work of profound intellectual and emotional power. These diaries tell the complete narrative of Kennan’s life in his own intimate and unflinching words and, through him, the arc of world events in the twentieth century.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

My Ukraine Trip

Author : Diaries & Journals, My
ISBN : 1546509798
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A pocket size journal that you would want to take with you anywhere in Ukraine! As one of the "Blank Travel Journal" series by My Diaries & Journals Publishing, "My Ukraine Trip", is the only blank traveling notebook that gives you all these wonderful features; The cover design that resembles a passport makes the book inspirational to write in, signifies how it is important to you, and reminds you to carry it along everywhere, so you won''t miss a moment you want to remember. The matte laminated finish helps repel liquid and toughens the paperback cover, so you can have a writing companion that is lightweight and always come in handy. The blank space at the bottom of the book spine lets you write your own personal book volume number or the period of the trip, so, once a book is full, you can continue on the next "My Ukraine Trip" and develop a complete collection of your own travelling journals! 110 pages with grey lines (without prompts) let you write freely just about anything; date, expenses, weather, adventures you went on, restaurants you ate at, or top 10 things you loved about the trip... The choice is yours! Plus, 10 additional blank pages let you doodle, sketch, or paste stubs and keepsakes. All are on cream paper which is easier on your eyes and gives the book an additional adventurous touch. The spacing between each line is 0.28 inches, which is accordance with Medium ruled standardized formats of ruled papers, so you can rest assured you are about to write in the good space that you are most familiar with. Every page comes with its page number so you can make your own table of contents, which would make it super easy for you to find information you need inside the book. With the perfect size of 4x6 inches (a little larger than a passport book), "My Ukraine Trip" won''t take up any room in your luggage, backpack, or even purse, while it contains as many as 120 pages which is considered ample by most travelers. It will make a nice keepsake after your trip. The first page of the book comes with a greatly inspirational quote for travelers, so, the book would also make a perfect travel-themed gift for anyone who loves to travel or embarking on a journey! If you want to pack light, and need a blank journal that you can write in freely, "My Ukraine Trip" is the only one you need for your next trip to Ukraine! [Other books in the same series; My Africa Trip (1545046689) My Argentina Trip (1546509704) My Asia Trip (1545046743) My Australia Trip (1545332657) My Austria Trip (1546509585) My Brazil Trip (1546509623) My Canada Trip (1545046832) My China Trip (1545047022) My Colombia Trip (1546509569) My Costa Rica Trip (1546509712) My Dominican Trip (1545046948) My Europe Trip (1545046700) My France Trip (1545046956) My Germany Trip (1545046980) My Greece Trip (1546509631) My Hong Kong Trip (1545333165) My India Trip (1545047073) My Ireland Trip (1545332894) My Israel Trip (1546509488) My Italy Trip (1545046972) My Jamaica Trip (1545047014) My Japan Trip (1545047111) My Mexico Trip (1545046808) My Morocco Trip (1546509801) My Netherlands Trip (1545332959) My Peru Trip (1546509658) My Philippines Trip (154650950X) My Poland Trip (1546509747) My Russia Trip (1546509674) My Singapore Trip (1546509720) My South Africa Trip (1546509739) My South America Trip (1545046778) My South Korea Trip (1546509542) My Spain Trip (1545047049) My Switzerland Trip (1546509518) My Taiwan Trip (1546509615) My Thailand Trip (1546509666) My UAE Trip (1546509682) My UK Trip (1545046905) My Ukraine Trip (1546509798) Simply copy and paste one whole line in the search box to find that particular one you need.]
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Zlata S Diary

Author : Zlata Filipovic
ISBN : 0143036874
Genre : Juvenile Nonfiction
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A chronicle of the war in Sarajevo from a child's perspective details the author's struggle for survival and a normal life in a chaotic nation from 1991 through 1993, revealing how an innocent life of piano lessons and birthday parties was transformed into horrifying days of food shortages, friends dying, and hiding out in a neighbor's cellar during bombings. Reissue.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Nazi Empire Building And The Holocaust In Ukraine

Author : Wendy Lower
ISBN : 0807876917
Genre : History
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On 16 July 1941, Adolf Hitler convened top Nazi leaders at his headquarters in East Prussia to dictate how they would rule the newly occupied eastern territories. Ukraine, the "jewel" in the Nazi empire, would become a German colony administered by Heinrich Himmler's SS and police, Hermann Goring's economic plunderers, and a host of other satraps. Focusing on the Zhytomyr region and weaving together official German wartime records, diaries, memoirs, and personal interviews, Wendy Lower provides the most complete assessment available of German colonization and the Holocaust in Ukraine. Midlevel "managers," Lower demonstrates, played major roles in mass murder, and locals willingly participated in violence and theft. Lower puts names and faces to local perpetrators, bystanders, beneficiaries, as well as resisters. She argues that Nazi actions in the region evolved from imperial arrogance and ambition; hatred of Jews, Slavs, and Communists; careerism and pragmatism; greed and fear. In her analysis of the murderous implementation of Nazi "race" and population policy in Zhytomyr, Lower shifts scholarly attention from Germany itself to the eastern outposts of the Reich, where the regime truly revealed its core beliefs, aims, and practices.
Category: History