Wednesday, February 24, 2016
The Ukrainian and Russian Notebooks: Life and Death Under Soviet Rule by Igort (2016)
Expected book publication: 4/26/2016, from Simon and Schuster
Much time has passed, so much that I don't recall the last instance of it, since I have felt as I do right now, having just finished this book. The Notebooks are more about Russian atrocities against Ukraine and Chechnya, and the second half of the book barely includes any time under the Soviet fist. The atrocities are multiple and horrific. I found myself engrossed, appalled, and outraged by the end.
The point is, there's nothing warm or fuzzy going on between these covers.
At a personal level, I find myself grateful for what I have, a sentiment I once found sappy and trite, but how can I complain about my life's purpose when I have a job which allows me food and shelter, even if it's not a good match for my personality and skills?
I'm angry with the Russians in charge, and my anger is renewed towards the leaders and opinion-makers of my own country, who enable similar crimes against innocents in the Middle East and elsewhere.
I'm more disgusted than ever at the insanity of the supposedly normal people of the world, ranting about non-problems while real suffering screams and aches among populations we never see, never hear about anymore.
I don't know the last time I have heard or read a news story about Ukraine. It's February 2016. I don't know what's going on there right now, because I forgot, and because the media grew bored telling us about it.
Yes, it's all overwhelming. But it's pretty sad too.
This book is powerful. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to read it early, via an advance copy care of the publisher and NetGalley.