You Will Feel It in The Price of Bread: A Love Letter to Ukraine (Paperback)Katya Hudson (author)
Both heartfelt tribute to growing up in Ukraine and devastating depiction of invasion and war, Hudson's short memoir mixes prose, poetry, collage and illustration to intensely powerful effect.
Both a celebration and a lament for Ukraine, a moving personal memoir taking us from Katya's idyllic childhood with her siblings: holidays in Crimea and carefree days working the land at the Dacha; to the sickening impact of Putin's invasion and its effect on Katya, her friends and family - the anxiety, fear and heartache.
The desperate attempts to make contact with friends and ensure loved ones are safe. Throughout it all bestrides Babushka, Katya's 'favourite person on earth' still living in the family's apartment block in Kyiv. Babushka learned fortitude at an early age when her own mother was taken by the Germans and she was rescued by a Jewish doctor whose identity was kept secret. When she is not growing vegetables and making vats of borsch, she is reading the sexy bits from novels out loud to her granddaughter.
But in this last year she has turned her hand to a recipe of a different type - Molotov cocktails - in preparation for an attack on her apartment block. Combining prose, poetry, collage, maps and illustrations this is a truly immersive memoir - an authentic portrait of the impact of war.
Publisher: Muswell Press
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
A window into the experience and thoughts of Ukrainians this book welds words and pictures together with great poetic force. - Andrey Kurkov. A timely reminder of war s violent intrusion into ordinary lives of ordinary people. Behind the headlines of the war in Ukraine, Hudson vividly describes a family whose daily activities take on symbolic significance when their lives are changed utterly by war. - Clive Myrie
You may also be interested in...
“A simple, heartfelt glimpse into the Ukraine”
A wonderfully simple short book introducing readers to the beauty of growing up in Ukraine and the intricacies of the culture. I loved the touching description of the author's relationship with her Grandmother... More
“"You will feel it in the price of bread... I will feel it on my chest"”
Everyone should read this, it is so moving, so powerful, she draws so much love and pain, confusion, fear, but also hope into this short memoir. I am going to keep this brief because hers is the important voice, not... More
“Chin up, Ukraine is not dead yet!”
This short albeit very personal memoir which Hudson describes as a love letter to Ukraine was her University project. Her childhood was heavenly albeit rustic. All this dramatically changed when Russia invaded... More
Please sign in to write a review
Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App?