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Category: Books and Reviews

A Eurovision party with CEE

The 2024 edition of the largest European musical event of its kind placed a spotlight on popular music in Central and Eastern Europe.

May 16, 2024 - Arkadiusz Zając

The diaspora, the meaning of family, and Ukraine’s difficult 20th century: a review of Megan Buskey’s Ukraine is Not Dead Yet

Ukraine’s troubled modern history has naturally had a profound effect on the millions of Ukrainians present in the diaspora. Among these people is Megan Buskey, who returned to the country of her ancestors and found a part of herself of which she knew very little.

April 19, 2024 - Nicole Yurcaba

Trip to Lazaret: symbolizing wounds

The Belarusian experience of exile has left many wounds for those affected. Exposing the trauma caused by separation from home, artist Darya Cemra’s latest exhibition explores the prospect that such pain may never truly heal.

April 4, 2024 - Bahruz Samadov

The Oscar which Ukraine wished it never won

The Ukrainian film 20 Days in Mariupol recently won an Oscar for its vivid depiction of Russia’s aggression against the city. Set in the early weeks of the invasion, the documentary gives insight into the struggles and brutality faced by Ukrainians to this very day. Indeed, for many the film is still too difficult to watch.

March 27, 2024 - Kateryna Pryshchepa

Through Lendvai’s eyes. A unique perspective on Austrian politics

A review of Austria Behind the Mask. Politics of a Nation since 1945. By: Paul Lendvai. Publisher: Hurst, London, 2023.

February 7, 2024 - JP O'Malley

The (in)famous Dovbush. A robber of trust?

A review of Dovbush. A film directed by Oles Sanin. Distributed by Film.Ua Distribution Kinomania, Ukraine (2023).

February 7, 2024 - Grzegorz Szymborski

Propaganda, a “Cursed Region” and the Yanukovych disease: a review of Olena Stiazhkina’s Ukraine, War, Love: A Donetsk Diary

The ongoing war in Ukraine now finds itself fighting for the attention of the global media. Thankfully, Ukrainians are managing to keep their plight alive in a myriad of ways. In her new book, Olena Stiazhkina describes her own experiences of the Russian invasion.

February 2, 2024 - Nicole Yurcaba

Land of contrast: a review of John Watkins’ “Enver Hoxha’s Long Shadow: Travels in Albania”

Albania still remains a rather unique subject of travel writing today. In his new work, John Watkins uncovers the country’s communist past and its many legacies, comparing and contrasting his own visits to the nation across the decades.

January 22, 2024 - Antonia Young

The way it was: a review of Zvi Preigerzon’s When the Menorah Fades

It goes without saying that Ukraine is full of Jewish history. Writing about Jewish experiences before and during the Nazi occupation, the author Zvi Preigerzon crafts a narrative that also resonates with events today.

December 13, 2023 - Nicole Yurcaba

More than just a joke: a review of Olga Onuch & Henry E. Hale’s The Zelensky Effect

Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s phenomenal rise to power is now becoming the subject of academic research. Such works are beginning to show how the leader’s experiences ultimately represent just one story in a country united in defence of its young democracy.

November 3, 2023 - Nicole Yurcaba

Cela #18

A new publication sheds new light on the horrible experiences of Belarusian women incarcerated following the 2020 protests.

September 11, 2023 - Katarzyna Taczyńska Wojciech Tworek

Orwell’s warning of totalitarianism for today

A review of George Orwell and Russia. By: Masha Karp, published by Bloomsbury Academic

September 11, 2023 - Luke Harding

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