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Dec 06, 2022

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Dec 03, 2022

Vasyl Barka "The Yellow Prince" (Chapter Two)

In Klenotochi village the farmers urgently called into the council on a Sunday morning are listening to the speaker intently.Myron Danylovich is leaning against the wall next to the far window and watching the speaker. "A scary person, very scary!" – he keeps thinking. "Such a person would step over."Stand there and suffer quietly while the loved ones are waiting at home and the morning over the fence, in the garden, is shimmering like a lamp; the spider webs are... more

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Dec 01, 2022

Vasyl Barka "The Yellow Price" (Chapter One)

1Dressing her daughter feels like her own heart, taken from the chest, rejoicing all on its own.But there is woe again: the husband is taken to the village council. How much more do the pests need? They claw at you and bark: give! - if not money then bread.“Mom, how much longer? I’ll wait at the square.”“Soon - why the square? Just wait a bit, they’ll let the dad go and we’ll be on our way.”“Mykola and Adriyko are gone.”Waiting for the dad:... more

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Dec 01, 2022

Blackout

I wonder: how do you imagine the blackout in Ukraine? Is it stunned stillness washed over the dark buildings? Sunken faces in trembling candlelight by the windows? People and cars shocked into silence? Figures flocking to sources of light like moths to share their woes in sobbing whispers and charge their phones to read about new distractions to their homeland?Because it's not like that.It's coworking spaces and cafes filled to the brim. It's faces lit by computer and phone... more

Dec 01, 2022

The Yellow Prince

Okay, so... I indeed decided to start translating The Yellow Prince. I think it is very important that more people read it. It's about 250 pages, and I know it's a great undertaking, especially in conditions like this, with 4 hours of power at a time. I also know that it is going to be a painful job. This book still gives me nightmares 17 years after reading it. Now that we are going through a similar experience, it is going to be double hard. But even more reason to do the... more

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Nov 28, 2022

Selfcare and Holodomor

So I am discovering all over again what it means to take care of yourself. You'll be shocked to learn that it's not just "make sure you have food, water, and shelter - and then just shut up and survive". It's also "download some cartoons on your tablet so you have something to watch when you're feeling down; use the fucking flashlight to read that book; go charge your phone in a cafe so you can be around people for a while, a cup of tea and a cupcake once in a... more

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