Espreso (Ukraine): Who Is Hated In The Carpathians, A Madwoman On The Roof And Hunger In The Kremlin - 5 Books That Explain Everything

Espreso (Ukraine): Who Is Hated In The Carpathians, A Madwoman On The Roof And Hunger In The Kremlin - 5 Books That Explain Everything
Espreso (Ukraine): Who Is Hated In The Carpathians, A Madwoman On The Roof And Hunger In The Kremlin - 5 Books That Explain Everything

Video: Espreso (Ukraine): Who Is Hated In The Carpathians, A Madwoman On The Roof And Hunger In The Kremlin - 5 Books That Explain Everything

Video: Espreso (Ukraine): Who Is Hated In The Carpathians, A Madwoman On The Roof And Hunger In The Kremlin - 5 Books That Explain Everything
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It is better to read the books in this collection sequentially in order to understand the tactics of the seizure of lands by our northern neighbor. As for the strategy, which has not changed for centuries, the authors of these books remind how it is embodied in relation to the peoples themselves inhabiting them.


Zaltsya Landman. “My Galicia. The land beyond the Carpathians. - Chernivtsi: Publishing house 21, 2020

Most of the events in this book take place in Eastern Galicia, in particular in Zhovkva, the author's hometown, and her main collective character is her closest circle: parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts, cousins and cousins, friends and acquaintances. They are the narrators or actors in the interweaving of endless stories that form the narrative space of these memories. And besides, there are dozens of other characters, episodic and accidental: Polish landowners, Ukrainian villagers, Hasidic wunderrabi, Austrian hussars, Russian Cossacks, Jewish merchants, tenants, innkeepers, shadchens (marriage intermediaries), beggars, city madmen, priests, nuns, nannies and maids and the like. Under the pen of the Swiss writer, once again, an authentic panorama of Eastern Galicia of the early 20th century appears vividly - with all its diversity, everyday life and holidays, social contrasts and historical cataclysms.

"However, the explanatory inscriptions on the weapons in the Lemberg City Museum have changed, "the author recalls the Lviv news of a short time ago. At first, halberds and halberds were called weapons of the medieval city guards of Lemberg. the inscriptions engraved on the blades, to find out what these luxurious works of art were given by the aristocrats to their sons at the age of majority or by the day of male maturity. the space of Slavic settlements, of course, Russian. But what stood on the explanatory tablets now? It was - so the inscriptions henceforth said - the weapon of the rebellious serfs, with whom they fought against the Polish magnates."

Oleg Sentsov. “Chronicle of one hunger strike. 4 and a half steps”. - L: Publishing House of Old Lev, 2020

The first book in this two-volume edition is a prison diary that Kremlin prisoner Oleg Sentsov began keeping in May 2018, on the third day after he went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding the release of Ukrainian political prisoners. Day after day, for 145 days, despite the moral pressure and physical exhaustion, in a small illegible handwriting in his notebook, Oleg frankly, sharply and very accurately recorded his prison life in a Russian prison, observations and thoughts. After his release, the author miraculously managed to take his notes out of Russia.

The second book is a collection of short prose by Oleg Sentsov, written in a Russian prison. What does a person feel when they first go to prison? How do prisoners live behind thick walls and dim windows with double bars, in cramped and dirty cells? What rules and laws do you have to follow when you are there? The author tells about the life of prisoners and about the circumstances that led them to prison, as objectively and detached as possible - he does not justify, does not condemn, only testifies. Striking, sometimes gruesome, facts, along with verified, precise details, create a compelling backdrop against which the events of someone's life unfold. The author basically does not draw conclusions - he leaves this right to the reader.

Lana Perlulainen. "Rules for walking against the wind." - Ternopil: Educational book Bogdan, 2019

“The magical flavor of the center of Lviv in Lana’s novel does not at all resemble the magnificent gastronomic picture of Yuriy Vinnichuk,” says Galina Pagutyak in the preface to this unusual story. - There is bad sewage, roofs are leaking and it smells of cheap jam. The center is home to children and grandchildren of NKVEDists and party bosses, who are gradually selling housing taken from Lviv townspeople to the same strangers, or as eateries or hostels to the same foreigners. They, too, live by the rules in trophy apartments that will never belong to them. Their faces are stamped with degeneration. And there is someone to write beautiful legends for tourists”.

It is not surprising that according to all Vinnychuk-tourist rules, the heroine of this work is “not like that”, since she has her own rules. There are not so many of these rules: only twenty-one. And you don't have to go against the wind. Of course, if you are not Masya. Because Masya is called upon to save the world and become famous. Therefore, he stubbornly walks in a mess in his own head, communicates with dreams and ghosts, prevents the end of the world, argues with Einstein and tries to write a detective story. And he also publishes his own "swindles" with books, opens a literary-artistic-musical-scientific salon and receives an inheritance from a book doctor. The scene is the center of Lviv. Masins' neighbors, as it was said, are those who moved into the “liberated” apartments after the war, and their descendants. You read and more and more doubt: who is really not himself - Masya with his official diagnosis or his entourage?

Polina Kulakova. "All their demons." - K. House of Chimeras, 2020

According to the plot of this thriller, a seemingly ordinary family lives in one of the apartments of the gray "Khrushchev". However, behind the closed door of this house, disturbing events are taking place, which indifferent neighbors prefer not to notice. A woman who suffers from domestic violence; a teenage boy looking for understanding and support on the street; a lonely nine-year-old girl learning to live with her parents' "demons" All Their Demons is an explosive social thriller about children deprived of childhood, alcoholism, indifference and bloody murders in a small town. “People at the entrance continued to whisper and from time to time looked into the windows of the apartment on the first floor, trying to spy out what was happening there. A dim yellow light shone through the drawn curtains, against which, like in a theater of shadows, bustling silhouettes scurried about - the police, doctors, experts, the inhabitants of the apartment. The crowd did not subside. Someone condemned the people who lived there, someone put forward completely incredible versions of the tragedy"

Julia Gudoshnik. "God [I am] free." - Chernivtsi: Publishing house 21, 2020

This novel is a real travel diary of a Ukrainian woman who is looking for her place in the world. These searches lead her around the world: from a German hostel to a Thai island, from a Chinese village to an American metropolis, from the Danish capital to a Japanese temple. Each journey gives her wise guides and reveals the secrets of happiness. This work is about inner freedom, about the insatiable desire to live and the art of being happy.

“Why am I so slow in words, thoughts, ideas?” The author begins his story while still in Ukraine. - This burning lack of heat made me some kind of doll. Where does this amnesia come from? I think my body is just asleep. This is how he tries to defend himself. For as soon as I wake up and realize what is happening to me and my life, then, at least, I will climb a nine-story building. And everything is already simple there. I am not yet twenty, and such thoughts have arisen already a certain number of times. And then what? Hardly anyone succeeds in living up to old age. The person breaks down sooner or later. And I don't even know how to break it. Emotions are sleeping. The brain is dormant. But tenderness for the world is bursting. And there is no one to spend it on."