No Country for Love

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Author: Yaroslav Trofimov

Category: Fiction & related items

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: Abacus

ISBN: 9780349145327

RRP: $34.99

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‘A beautiful, important and timely rendering of Jewish life in Ukraine through the travails of the 20th century. Both historical and page-turning’ Gary Shteyngart, author of Our Country Friends and Super Sad True Love Story

‘An expansive novel reminiscent of the literary breadth, humanity, and historical depth found in Vassili Grossman’s Life and Fate’ Christophe Boltanski, winner of the 2015 Femina Prize for The Safe House

Seventeen-year-old Deborah Rosenbaum, ambitious and in love with literature, arrives in the capital of the new Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Kharkiv, 1930, to make her own fate as a modern woman. The stale and forbidding ways of the past are out; it’s a new dawn, the Soviet era, where skyscrapers go up overnight. Deborah finds work and meets a dashing young officer named Samuel who is training to become a fighter pilot. They fall in love, and begin to become part of Ukraine’s new cultural elite.

But Deborah’s prospects – and Ukraine’s – soon dim. Famine rolls through the over-harvested countryside, and any deviation from Moscow-dictated ideology is punished by disappearance: without warning, Samuel is sentenced to ten years’ hard labour. Deborah is on her own with a baby. And this is only the beginning.

As advancing Nazi armies move through Ukraine during World War II, its yellow fields of wheat run red with blood. Forced to renounce the man she loves, her identity and even her name, Debora also learns to endure, manipulate and resist.

No Country for Love follows the hard choices Debora makes as Ukraine, caught between two totalitarian ideologies, turns into the deadliest place in the world – and she has to protect those she loves most.

A sweeping, stunningly ambitious novel about a young Ukrainian girl arriving in Kharkiv in 1930, determined to contribute to the future of her country, and her struggle to survive the devastation and trauma that ravage Ukraine.

A captivating sweep of a novel about love, resilience and impossible choices in a Ukraine caught between Soviets and Nazism and riven by war – I loved it! – Christina Lamb, chief foreign correspondent Sunday Times

Through the saga of a Jewish Ukrainian family unfolding from the 1930’s until the post-war period, Yaroslav Trofimov delivers a literary epic taking place in the “bloodlands” – to borrow the title from Timothy Snyder’s book – scarred by the Nazi and Stalinist horrors. It is an expansive novel reminiscent of the literary breadth, humanity, and historical depth found in Vassili Grossman’s Life and Fate – Christophe Boltanski, winner of the 2015 Femina Prize for The Safe House

A chilling account of what it means to live under a totalitarian regime. With the sharp pen of an award-winning journalist and the tender heart of a poet, Yaroslav Trofimov has woven an exquisite and enduring tale of survival, courage, and resistance. Epic yet intimate, heart-breaking yet hopeful, terrifying yet inspiring, No Country for Love is a love letter to Ukraine and a gift to anyone who appreciates peace – Nguyen Phan Que Mai, internationally best-selling author of The Mountains Sing and Dust Child

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