A Talk and Book Signing with Olesya Khromeychuk
Olesya Khromeychuk, Director of Ukrainian Institute London and author of “The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister”
In conversation with Andrew Horodysky
Killed in action as he served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Olesya Khromeychuk’s brother Volodya Pavliv died on the frontline in eastern Ukraine in 2017. As Olesya tries to come to terms with losing him, she also tries to process the Russian invasion of Ukraine: as an immigrant living in Great Britain, from far from the frontline, as a historian of war, and as a woman, a civilian, and a sister.
In this timely blend of memoir and essay, Olesya tells the story of her brother — the wiser older sibling, the artist and the soldier — and of his death. Deeply moving and thoughtful, it picks apart the ways political violence shapes everyone and everything it touches and depicts with extraordinary intimacy the singular and complicated bond between a brother and sister. Olesya’s vivid writing is a personal and powerful commitment to honesty in life, in death and in memory.
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 A Loss: The Story of a Dead Soldier Told by His Sister (Stuttgart: ibidem, forthcoming) and Undetermined Ukrainians: Post-War Narratives of the Waffen SS ‘Galicia’ Division (Peter Lang, 2013). She is currently the Director of the Ukrainian Institute London.
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. It even manages to be funny.
— Anna Reid, author of Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine.
The Death of a Soldier Told by His Sister was re-released in September 2022 with updated reflections on the current war in Ukraine with an introduction by Andrey Kurkov.
For further information, please contact the Ukrainian Institute of America at (212) 288-8660 or email@example.com.