The Holodomor and the Origins of the Soviet Man

Reading the Testimony of Anastasia Lysyvets

The Holodomor and the Origins of the Soviet Man
Reading the Testimony of Anastasia Lysyvets
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Anastasia Lysyvets’s memoir Tell us about a happy life … (Skazhy pro shchaslyve zhyttia …), published in Kyiv in 2009 and now available for the first time in an English translation, is one of the most powerful testimonies of a victim of the Holodomor, the Great Famine of 1932–1933 in Ukraine. This mass starvation was organized by the Soviet regime and resulted in millions of deaths by hunger. The simple village teacher Lysyvets’s testimony, written during the 1970s and 1980s without hope of publication, depicts pain, death, and hunger as few others do. In his commentary, Vitalii Ogiienko explains how traumatic traces found their way into Lysyvets’s text. He proposes that the reader develops an alternative method of reading that replaces the usual ways of imagining with a focus on the body and that detects mechanisms of transmission of the original Holodomor experience through generations.

About the author

The editor:

Dr. Vitalii Ogiienko studied history at the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv. Since 2008, he is researcher at the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance at the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. He also taught at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. His papers have been published by, among other outlets, Krytyka and Ukraina Moderna. He has contributed a chapter to the forthcoming book Image, History and Memory: Central and Eastern Europe in Comparative Perspective (Routledge 2021).

The authors of the forewords:

Natalka Bilotserkivets is a well-known Ukrainian poet whose poetry has been translated into many languages.

Dr. Serhy Yekelchyk is Professor of History and Germanic & Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada.

The translators:

Dr. Alla Parkhomenko has taught at the Harvard Ukrainian Summer Institute. Recently, she translated Viktor Kravchenko’s I Chose Freedom (Smoloskyp 2022).

Dr. Alexander J. Motyl is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, Newark, USA, and c0-editor of The Holodomor Reader (CIUS Press 2012).
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“Through the eyes of a ten-year-old girl, Anastasia Lysyvets delivers a terrifying testimony of the famine-genocide organized by Stalin against the Ukrainian peasantry in 1932–1933. With the innocent cruelty and terrible lucidity of a child, she relates the killing by starvation of her family and neighbors. At the same time, this child-turned-adult exhibits magnificent courage in testifying against the forgetfulness, denial, and destruction of memory practiced by communist regimes, which force their victims to glorify their executioners and sing of ‘the radiant future of communism’. An essential account.”—Stéphane Courtois, Director of Research, CNRS, Paris


Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Autor/-in Alexander John Motyl, Nataliia Bilotserkviets, Alla Parkhomenko, Serhy Yekelchyk, Anastasia Lysyvets
Herausgeber/-in Vitalii Ogiienko, Andreas Umland
Anzahl der Seiten 178
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 22.03.2022
Gewicht (kg) 0.2330
ISBN-13 9783838216164