If you’re looking to participate in Ukrainian Literature Day on Monday but not sure what books to read, here’s a list of some popular ones found in Canada’s most Ukrainian cities:
Kobzar’s Children: An anthology of short historical fiction, memoirs, and poems written about the Ukrainian immigrant experience. The stories span a century of history from 1905 to 2004; and they contain the voices of people who lived through internment as "enemy aliens," homesteading, famine, displacement, concentration camps, and this new century_s Orange Revolution. More than a collection, it is a social document that revives memories once deliberately forgotten (Children 14 and up).
Hope’s War: Kat’s hopes for peace are shattered when she finds her grandfather being interrogated by the RCMP. He is accused of being a policeman for the Nazis in WWII (Juvenile Fiction).
In Fear of the Barbed Wire Fence: Canada’s first national internment operations and the Ukrainian Canadians, 1914-1920.
Lesia’s Dream: FIFTEEN-YEAR OLD LESIA can hardly bear it. She and her family must leave their beloved Baba in their Ukrainian hometown in order to flee to Canada. Dreaming of fields of wheat, wealth and security, Lesia looks forward to a life in Canada, free from poverty and rumours of war. But the 160 acres of hardscrabble prairie look nothing like the wheat fields of her dreams. And even though there is no fighting in her new country, the First World War follows them there.
Borderland: tells the story of Ukraine. A thousand years ago it was the center of the first great Slav civilization, Kievan Rus.
Taras pointed out the negative reviews and Russian-slant of this book so I’m pulling it and adding his recommendation. You can read some quite positive reviews of other Ukrainian literature.
Big thanks to Nash Holos for helping me with this list and telling me about Ukrainian Literature Day!
Already read these books? Try reading:
- All of Baba’s Children
- War in a European Borderland
- Dear Canada: Prisoners in a Promised Land: The Ukrainian Internment Diary of Anya Soloniuk
- Ukrainian Armies 1914-1955
- Hawaiian Ordeal: Ukrainian contract workers 1897-1910
- Towards an intellectual history of Ukraine: An anthology of Ukrainian thought from 1710 to 1955.
Phew long post. Anything I missed out? Let me know in the comments.