BLACK EARTH: A JOURNEY THROUGH UKRAINE
by Jens Mühling
Translated by Eugene H. Hayworth
‘Will someone play for the spilled blood? No. Nobody,’ wrote Mikhail Bulgakov during the turmoil of the Russian Civil War. Since then the borders of Ukraine have shifted constantly through conflict and occupation. The country has existed in its current form only since 1991 and its status and borders remain controversial, both among its own people and its neighbours to the east and west. In simple and vivid prose, Mühling tells the stories of the Ukrainians themselves, of nationalists and old Communists, Crimean Tatars and Cossacks, smugglers, archaeologists and soldiers, all of whose views could hardly be more different. This is an unconventional and unfiltered view of Ukraine — a country at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and the centre of countless conflicts of opinion.