The Ukrainian night An intimate history of revolution

Marci Shore

Book - 2017

What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013-14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: The blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices. In this lyrical book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and ...children, Shore's book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian's reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it - and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced. - from bookjacket.

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Subjects
Genres
Personal narratives
Published
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press [2017]
Language
English
Physical Description
xxiii, 290 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780300218688
0300218680
Main Author
Marci Shore (author)
  • Part 1.
  • Revolution, the Maidan
  • Part 2.
  • War, east of Kiev.
Review by Choice Reviews

Shore (Yale) offers a vivid depiction of the excitement of being caught up in a popular revolution—the protests on Kyiv's Maidan Square in the winter of 2013–14, that brought down the government and triggered a war with Russia. Most of the other books on this topic focus on the international dimension, but Shore reports impressions of the events of those who were involved, based on some 30 interviews. Unlike the revolutions that toppled communism in central Europe in 1989, the Ukrainian story does not have a happy ending. It was Ukraine's third revolution in as many decades, and the allure of romantic nationalism is wearing thin. Shore was living in Vienna during the events described, visiting Kyiv for just a couple of weeks, so the book does not represent firsthand reporting. Instead, Shore provides historical and philosophical depth. The book may be too episodic to assign to undergraduates lacking background knowledge of the Ukrainian case. Summing Up: Optional. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty.--P. Rutland, Wesleyan UniversityPeter RutlandWesleyan University Peter Rutland Choice Reviews 55:09 May 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential  

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013'14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices.   In this lyrical and intimate book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore's book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian's reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it'and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential   “[Shore’s] history entails an extraordinary declaration of the power of human will and self-determination.”—Kate Brown, Times Literary Supplement   What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013–14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices.   In this lyrical and intimate book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents and children, Shore’s book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian’s reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it—and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.