The Orphanage A Novel Serhiy Zhadan, Reilly Costigan-Humes, Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler

Series:
The Margellos World Republic of Letters
Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
27 Apr 2021
ISBN:
9780300243017
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
336 pages: 197 x 127mm

A devastating story of the struggle of civilians caught up in the conflict in eastern Ukraine

Recalling the brutal landscape of The Road and the wartime storytelling of A Farewell to Arms, The Orphanage is a searing novel that excavates the human collateral damage wrought by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. When hostile soldiers invade a neighboring city, Pasha, a thirty-five-year-old Ukrainian language teacher, sets out for the orphanage where his nephew Sasha lives, now in occupied territory. Venturing into combat zones, traversing shifting borders, and forging uneasy alliances along the way, Pasha realizes where his true loyalties lie in an increasingly desperate fight to rescue Sasha and bring him home.

Written with a raw intensity, this is a deeply personal account of violence that will be remembered as the definitive novel of the war in Ukraine.
 

Serhiy Zhadan, widely considered to be one of the most important young writers in Ukraine, is the author of Mesopotamia and What We Live For, What We Die For: Selected Poems. Reilly Costigan-Humes translates literature from the Ukrainian and Russian. Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler is a translator and poet from New England. 

"A literary master of enormous force."—Ilya Kaminsky


"Serhiy Zhadan is one of the most important creators of European culture at work today."—Timothy Snyder, author of On Tyranny