Keira Knightley has narrated the diary of a refugee girl from Kharkiv


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British actress Keira Knightley has narrated the audio version of You Don’t Know What War Is, a diary of Yeva Skalietska, a 12-year-old Ukrainian schoolgirl who due to the war was forced to flee from Kharkiv to Berlin. This was announced by The Bookseller.


“You Don’t Know What War Is had a huge effect on me. It’s an incredibly important story to tell that is both powerful and deeply moving. I feel honoured to be part of this publication, narrating Yeva’s extraordinary tale of inspiration and bravery,” Knightley said.



The audiobook is billed as a “moving and immediate experience that will enlighten readers young and old”.


“It means a lot to Yeva that Keira chose to work on this important book and Keira has done something really quite special with her approach to it. She does justice to Yeva’s innocent, young but wise-beyond-her-years tone and Keira’s perfectly pitched portrayal is sensitive, intimate and, ultimately, utterly compelling,” the audio manager Tom Skipp said.


The diary features illustrations by Anastasiia Stefurak inspired by Ukrainian folk art as well as the maps of Kharkiv, Ukraine and Europe by Olha Shtonda, a displaced Kharkiv citizen. Parton the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the organizations helping Ukrainian refugees.


As is known in 2020 Life P.S., an autobiographical book by the veteran of the war in Ukraine Valeriia Burlakova was made into a theatrical performance.


British publisher Monoray is going to release a book by historian and director of Ukrainian Institute in London Olesya Khromeychuk The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister.


Title picture: Bloomsbury