War Diary by Yevgenia Belorusets published in the United States


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On March 7, 2022, War Diary by Yevgenia Belorusets was published in the United States. This was reported on the website of the New Directions publishing house.


The book is copublished with the ISOLARII publishing house.


“This is a monumental, deeply penetrating document of life in Kyiv during the first forty-one days of the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the publisher notes.


The English translation was done by Greg Nissan.


“With power and clarity, the War Diary of Yevgenia Belorusets documents the long beginning of the devastation and its effects on the ordinary residents of Ukraine: what it feels like to interact with the strangers who suddenly become your “countrymen”; the struggle to make sense of a good mood on a spring day; the new danger of a routine coffee run. First published in the German newspaper Der Spiegel and then translated and released each day on the site ISOLARII (and on Artforum), the War Diary had an immediate impact worldwide: it was translated by an anonymous collective of writers on Weibo; read live by Margaret Atwood on International Women’s Day; adapted for an episode of This American Life on NPR; and brought to the 2022 Venice Biennale by President Zelensky as part of the pavilion “This is Ukraine: Defending Freedom,” the annotation reads.

The book costs $17.


Yevgenia Belorusets is a Ukrainian artist, journalist, photographer, translator, and writer. She is a co-founder of the literary and artistic magazine Prostory, and a member of the Hudrada curatorial group.


Earlier, in 2022, Yevgenia Belorusets received the Horst Bingel Literary Prize.