The Death of A Soldier Told By His Sister: A Ukrainian Story

Olesya Khromeychuk


In a thoughtful blend of memoir and essay, Olesya Khromeychuk tells the story of her brother – and of Ukraine.


Biography & Memoir > Non-Fiction

ISBN: 9781800961203



Killed by shrapnel as he served in the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Olesya Khromeychuk’s brother Volodymyr died on the frontline in eastern Ukraine.

As Khromeychuk tries to come to terms with losing her brother, she also tries to process the Russian invasion of Ukraine: as a historian of war, as a woman and as a sister.

In a thoughtful blend of memoir and essay, Olesya Khromeychuk tells the story of her brother – and of Ukraine.

Beautifully written and giving unique, poignant insight into the lives of those affected, it is an urgent act of resistance against the dehumanising cruelty of war.

With a foreword by Philippe Sands and an introduction by Andrey Kurkov.

If you want to understand Ukraine’s determination to resist, Olesya Khromeychuk’s book is essential’ – Paul Mason, author of How to Stop Fascism

[A] tender and courageous book…Khromeychuk’s clear-sighted prose expresses the pain that thousands, even millions, have felt in every conflict, past and present’ – The Literary Review Magazine

A touching and brilliantly written account about grief, and also about strength. I read it in one night’ – Olia Hercules

If you read only one book about the war, this is the one to read’ – Henry Marsh, author of Do No Harm

Unforgettable. An immediate history of a cruel war and a personal chronicle of unbearable loss’ – Simon Sebag-Montefiore, author of The World


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Weight 0.4 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 5 cm