A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister

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A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister

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About the book


This book is the story of one death among many in the war in eastern Ukraine. Its author is a historian of war whose brother was killed at the frontline in 2017 while serving in the Ukrainian Armed Forces. Olesya Khromeychuk takes the point of view of a civilian and a woman, perspectives that tend to be neglected in war narratives, and focuses on the stories that play out far away from the warzone. Through a combination of personal memoir and essay, Khromeychuk attempts to help her readers understand the private experience of this still ongoing but almost forgotten war in the heart of Europe and the private experience of war as such. This book will resonate with anyone battling with grief and the shock of the sudden loss of a loved one.
The author

About the author

Dr Olesya Khromeychuk is a historian and writer. She received her PhD in History from University College London. She has taught the history of East-Central Europe at the University of Cambridge, University College London, the University of East Anglia, and King’s College London. She is author of ‘Undetermined’ Ukrainians. Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division (Peter Lang, 2013).


“Grappling. I admire a book that invites me to grapple with knotty questions. Olesya Khromeychuk has written such a book–beautifully. Feminism and drones. Funerals and theater. Shrapnel and combat boots–size 8.  ‘A Loss’ explores the lures of militarism at a granular level.”—Professor Cynthia Enloe, author of Nimo's War, Emma's War: Making Feminist Sense of the Iraq War

“Moving, intelligent, and brilliantly written, this is a sister’s reckoning with a lost brother, an émigré’s with the country of her childhood, and a scholar’s with her own suddenly acutely personal subject matter. A wonderful combination of emotional and intellectual honesty; very sad and direct but also rigorous and nuanced. It even manages to be funny.”—Anna Reid, author of Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine

“There has always been too much silence around the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine—Europe's forgotten war. Olesya Khromeychuk refuses to bend to this silence. In vivid, intimate prose and with unflinching honesty, she introduces us to the brother she lost in the war and found in her grief. Poignant, wise, and unforgettable.”—Dr Rory Finnin, University of Cambridge

"The book does not dwell much on the current war, but it does not have to. [...] Khromeychuk’s clear-sighted prose expresses the pain that thousands, even millions, have felt, not just in Ukraine now but in every conflict, past and present." — Helen Parr, Literary Review, September 2022

"Khromeychuk shareswith readers the darkest and most intimate moments of any family experiencing such a tremendous loss.In A Loss, Khromeychuk shows that the experience ofgrief transcends individual circumstance and in fact, unites us." — Isobel Koshiw, Los Angeles Review of Books, April 2022

"This book is poignant and searingly honest. It presents a rounded portrait of a troubled character without diminishing his will to resist and the heroism of his sacrifice. [...] Essential reading for anyone interested in the impact of Putin’s war on Ukrainians." — Lucy Ash, amazon.co.uk

"Everyone must read this book. We owe it to the people who are now guests in our country." — C. Burdfield, amazon.co.uk

Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Olesya Khromeychuk
Editor Andreas Umland
Number of pages 126
Language English
Publication date Oct 20, 2021
Weight (kg) 0.1650
ISBN-13 9783838215709