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The Heart of Kiev, by Andrei Kurkov: Ukrainian chaos in 1919

2023-11-29T15:50:27.748Z

Highlights: The Heart of Kiev, by Andrei Kurkov: Ukrainian chaos in 1919. The protagonist of the first part of the "Kiev trilogy" Samson Koletchko. A young orphan with a severed ear, a People's Commissar attached to the workers' and peasants' militia, charged with investigating crimes and misdemeanours. A sequel to the first volume, The Heart Of Kiev depicts this conflictual and merciless world, marked by summary executions, skirmishes, arbitrary arrests, speedy trials, extensive interrogations...


REVIEW - The best-selling author succeeds in refining and expanding his social fresco of a world in full decay.


Here we are again in Kiev, in the spring of 1919. After regaining a fragile independence from the Russian Empire, Ukraine was already invaded by the Red Army, which became the scene of bloody clashes between the Cossacks, the White Army supported by the Allied powers of Western Europe, dissident factions and Bolshevik fighters. It is in this world of chaos, fear and blood that we find the protagonist of the first part of the "Kiev trilogy", Samson Koletchko. A young orphan with a severed ear, a People's Commissar attached to the workers' and peasants' militia, charged with investigating crimes and misdemeanours, accompanied by his betrothed Nadezhda, employed in the statistical service of the Bolshevik administration.

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A sequel to the first volume, The Heart of Kiev depicts this conflictual and merciless world, marked by summary executions, skirmishes, arbitrary arrests, speedy trials, extensive interrogations...

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