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Black Square : Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine
by Sophie Pinkham


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Ukraine has rebuilt itself over and over again in the last century, plagued by the same conflicts: corruption, poverty, substance abuse, ethnic clashes, and Russian aggression. Sophie Pinkham saw all this and more in the course of ten years working, traveling, and reporting in Ukraine and Russia, over a period that included the Maidan revolution of 2013-14, Russia's annexation of Crimea, and the ensuing war in eastern Ukraine.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Ukraine has rebuilt itself over and over again in the last century, plagued by the same conflicts: corruption, poverty, substance abuse, ethnic clashes, and Russian aggression. Sophie Pinkham saw all this and more in the course of ten years working, traveling, and reporting in Ukraine and Russia, over a period that included the Maidan revolution of 2013-14, Russia's annexation of Crimea, and the ensuing war in eastern Ukraine.

With a keen eye for the dark absurdities of post-Soviet society, Pinkham presents a dynamic account of contemporary Ukrainian life. She meets--among others--a charismatic doctor helping to smooth the transition to democracy even as he struggles with his own drug addiction, a Bolano-esque art gallerist prone to public nudity, and a Russian Jewish clarinetist agitating for Ukrainian liberation. These fascinating personalities, rendered in a bold, original style, deliver an indelible impression of a country on the brink.

Black Square is necessary reading for anyone who wishes to learn not only the political roots of the current conflict in Ukraine but also the personal stories of the people who live it every day.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780393247978
  • ISBN-10: 039324797X
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: November 2016
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 pounds


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Books > Travel > Former Soviet Republics
Books > History > Russia & the Former Soviet Union

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-10-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

Pinkham, who has written on Ukraine for the New Yorker, has a reporters incisive eye and gives a rich and fascinating view of post-Soviet Ukrainian life. She studied Russian and volunteered with health groups in college, and, after graduating in the early 2000s, was in search of purpose. She took a job with the Open Society Institute, working on an education and treatment program for drug users to combat the AIDS epidemic. Pinkham eventually moves to Ukrainea country whose horse-drawn carts and babushkas survived alongside newfound wealth and a growing totalitarian stateand falls in love with it. Shes astute in her observations as she takes a close look at Ukraines complex history and often hostile relationship with Russia. Pinkham is increasingly aware of the ever-present corruption and growing instability in Ukraine, and she examines the Maidan revolution and Putins annexation of Crimea in 2014, and the continuing war in eastern Ukraine. Pinkhams look at Ukraine is accessible and comprehensive. (Nov.)

 
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