I Will Die in a Foreign Land


I Will Die in a Foreign Land

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Keynote;Set during the 2014 revolution in Ukraine, a unique and dazzling debut fiction – that has already gained praise and prizes – that combines history, folklore, oral history and news reports to give a human face and understanding to the complexity of today’s conflict.

Winner of the New York Public Library Young Lions Award
Best Book of the Year -New York Public Library, Cosmopolitan, Independent Book Review

\”I tore through I Will Die in a Foreign Land… nothing has given me such a profound impression of what Ukrainians have endured as this intensely moving novel.\” Ron Charles, Washington Post

In 1913, a Russian ballet incited a riot in Paris at the new The tre de Champs-Elysees. \”Only a Russian could do that,\” says Aleksandr Ivanovich. \”Only a Russian could make the whole world go mad.\”

A century later, in November 2013, thousands of Ukrainian citizens gathered at Independence Square (Euromaidan) in Kyiv to protest then-President Yanukovych’s failure to sign a referendum with the European Union, opting instead to forge a closer alliance with President Vladimir Putin and Russia. The peaceful protests turned violent when military police shot live ammunition into the crowd, killing over a hundred civilians.

I Will Die in a Foreign Land is a novel that follows four individuals over the course of a volatile Ukrainian winter, as their lives are changed forever by the Euromaidan protests. Katya is a Ukrainian-American doctor stationed at a makeshift medical clinic in St. Michael’s Monastery; Misha is an engineer originally from Pripyat, near Chernobyl, who has lived in Kyiv since his wife’s death; Slava is a fiery young activist whose past hardships steel her determination in the face of persecution; and Aleksandr Ivanovich, a former KGB agent, climbs atop a burned-out police bus at Independence Square and plays the piano. As Katya, Misha, Slava, and Aleksandr’s lives become intertwined, they each seek out love, redemption and meaning during a tumultuous and violent period.

In this dazzling debut novel, Kalani Pickhart blends narrative, folklore, journalism and Slavic history to create a moving story of beauty and love in a time of terror, I Will Die in a Foreign Land is an ambitious, intimate, and haunting portrait of human perseverance and the will to survive.

Title: I Will Die in a Foreign Land
Author: Pickhart, Kalani
ISBN: 9780857529312
Publication date: 22/09/2022
Price: $37.00
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Additional information

Weight 407 g
Dimensions 234 × 153 mm