January 18, 2024, 17:15

Chronicles of life amidst the war: Aggression Diary 2, a new book by Andrei Kurkov, presented in Kyiv

Aggression Diary 2, the second volume of the chronicle of the war by famous Ukrainian and world-renowned writer Andrei Kurkov, was published within the framework of the “Book for Strengthening National Unity” competition

The book was presented at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

During the presentation, Taras Shevchenko, Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine for European Integration, noted that book-related contests held by the Ministry primarily support the initiatives that record the current events and what Ukraine is going through, as well as Ukrainian citizens and Ukrainian soldiers.

“We believe that such work will be important later as well, but it is important to do it right now too. It is in demand both among Ukrainians and foreigners, it is also in demand among soldiers,” he said.

At the same time, the author explains that his book essentially chronicles life during the war, including all the events taking place at the front.

“I don’t chronicle the war, but life during the war, including, of course, everything that happens at the front. But with a greater emphasis on how the war affects our society, how our life changes, how the perception of Ukraine in the world changes. Each individual text is first written as a diary, and then I develop it into an essay,” he explained.

The author also mentioned that the essays contained in the book essentially have already been tested on an international audience, as most of them have been published in top foreign news outlets.

Andrei Kurkov also noted that Aggression Diary 2 has already been translated into several languages. And by June, the book will also be published in English, German, French, Polish, and Dutch.

At the same time, Oleksandr Krasovytskyy, Director General of Folio Publishers, pointed out that the books published within the framework of this program are free, but in the case of Aggression Diary 2, in addition to the free version of the book, a commercial edition has also been prepared, and it will be on sale starting next Monday.

“Now is the time for the literature of facts. And right now, that information component, which will become the foundation for the new Ukrainian literature after the victory, is being created. Today, the whole world is interested in the truth about Ukraine, interested in the truth about what the russian federation is doing. Therefore, I think that there will be no issues with new Ukrainian literature in the next year or two. It is all the more important for us to promote such documents by famous Ukrainian writers both in Ukraine and in the world,” added Oleksandr Krasovytskyy.

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