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4.0 out of 5 stars The Russians are Coming...
Short and not so sweet, Kurkov's diaries paint a tense five months in the Ukraine from November 2013 to April of this year, covering the period from when President Yanukovych refused to sign an agreement with Europe to the time after the initial tensions have cooled. One does need to be careful with diary writing given that they can be very subjective in nature, however,...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Russians are Coming..., 28 Oct 2014
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Mr. D. J. Walford (Lancashire, England) - See all my reviews
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Short and not so sweet, Kurkov's diaries paint a tense five months in the Ukraine from November 2013 to April of this year, covering the period from when President Yanukovych refused to sign an agreement with Europe to the time after the initial tensions have cooled. One does need to be careful with diary writing given that they can be very subjective in nature, however, Andrey Kurkov's work is easy to read, well written and quite personable.

To be honest, I had little knowledge of who the author was before I purchased the book, but from his diaries I was able to glean that he is a writer, author and a literature specialist of sorts. He travels throughout the Ukraine and also Europe during the five months covered in the book which suggests to me that, despite the simmering tension during the time covered, there was some freedom of movement, particularly in the western half of the country.

One interesting aspect about the author is the fact that he's ethnically Russian (raised in the Ukraine since childhood) and not Ukrainian. I found this very curious as he voices nothing but scorn for the actions of Russia. Not only this, but Kurkov writes how not every Russian living within the Ukraine is sympathetic to the idea of partition. Certainly those in the eastern part of the country may well favour a return to Russian rule but this is by no means universal. Not every citizen of the Crimea appears to be willing to accept Russian citizenship either. Kurkov also comments on the level of pro-Russian propaganda employed by the Russian media groups following the seizure of the Crimea, something worthy of that used in the Soviet era

Kurkov's work is consistent and very interesting. Diaries can be subjective as I mentioned earlier, but if what Kurkhov says is correct, and there is little reason to doubt his sincerity, then Russia is deeply, deeply involved in destabilising the Crimea and the Ukraine in general. This not only violates international law, it ignores it completely and is costing Russian lives as well as Ukrainian. The Cold War still seems to be echoing loudly in Eastern Europe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life thru' a Revolution, 16 Sep 2014
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This is the partt of a private diary, kept over years, which deals with the events between Nov. 2013 & April 2014. It is chiefly interesting to me because it is not an overtly journalistic or academic study; events emerge day by day against a backdrop of concarns about his daughter's schooling, visits to his Mother in hostpital, Christmas Etc. The crisis grows from nothing much and ends with the annexation of the Crimea & Ukrainian troops regaining "control of the small town of Slanyavogorsk".

Kurkov is a major Ukranian novelist, a speaker, lecturer & columnist. He continues his schedule of appointments as the situation unfolds.

All in all, this is a very moving, personal account of day-to-day life in a changing world.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raw emotions illuminate the Ukraine crisis, 25 Aug 2014
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M. D. Holley (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book comprises recent diary entries by someone who is living through very dramatic events in Ukraine.

Don't expect a profound work of art. There are raw emotions here (and very one sided at that). Don't expect a detached historical analysis either. But these shortcomings are also the book's strengths. They are only to be expected in a freshly written diary.

The context pages at the end are useful (I had always thought Stalin invaded Poland in 1939, rather than Western Ukraine - but Kurkov's way of looking at that period helps to explain a lot of the otherwise baffling propaganda currently coming out of Moscow).

In the end this book helped me to understand the current events in Ukraine much better. It is very easy to read and never less than illuminating.

Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I also enjoyed his novel Death and the penguin, 4 Sep 2014
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A facinating insight into the current events in Ukraine from a Russian who has lived there for many years, and is very much leaning towards the west.
I also enjoyed his novel Death and the penguin.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star, 6 Dec 2014
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it is a very one-sided accdount
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5.0 out of 5 stars All good., 3 Dec 2014
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Prodduct and service great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 11 Dec 2014
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interesting read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 25 Oct 2014
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Gripping,
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