Book Review on ‘The Chronicle of Self-Seekers: Nine Months of Ukrainian Resistance’

This day I would like to inform you about an extremely significant book. It is significant because it portrays the days all of us should remember – the days of the Revolution of Dignity, the Heavenly Hundred, and the War in Donbass.

After all, it’s about how it all started. This is the chronology of the Revolution of Dignity from the very beginning to the last days. And then – a story about how the occupation of Crimea began. Only here no author would put everything on the shelves, there is no analysis of events, giving them some color. Many authors, politicians, bloggers have done all this, and the list can be continued… Over here are the testimonies of eyewitnesses.

But such books are now also enough. So what makes this special? Here is the chronological set of all hot material written in the process of the Revolution: social media and blog posts,

short Facebook comments and long poems created on the spot, the incredibly painful words of those who stood on the barricades in the most difficult days.

Sometimes, for better understanding, the text is diluted by short news notes – about the events of that time. Here, on the pages, neighbors can be both well-known writers (Izdryk, Zabuzhko, Zhadan) and anonymous nicknames on social media. There are more than a hundred authors. This is the chronology of “the direct inclusion,” the chronology of the first emotions, the chronology of the most sincere reports… I am incredibly grateful to Komora Publishing House for this excellent book.

And yet – it is incredibly beautifully illustrated. These are sad illustrations with sharp pictures of those times, in which it is sometimes easy to recognize photos that are still hanging on social networks. But you will not discover all these texts. Someone deleted, someone – blocked, somewhere — cleaned, somewhere — began to rewrite. Will we recall these recent stories with school textbooks that will be rewritten? And it hurts so incredibly. And at the same time, it is good that at least somewhere they are collected. Not all books are so easy to rewrite. As well as our memory with you. Though “manuscripts don’t burn…”

Read ‘The Chronicle of Self-Seekers: Nine Months of Ukrainian Resistance’

Remember how it really was.I give this book 10 stars from 10.

April 4, 2020

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