Once Upon a Time in Ukraine: Tales of Full-Scale Resistance

Sep 12 2023
Vienna 1090
Phone: 01 313580
Tuesday, September 12, 2023
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Once upon a time, some people warned of a massacre awaiting a nation at the hands of a powerful foe. A sacrificial pyre was prepared, but the nation confronted the enemy instead. Eighteen months into the all-out war, the curse of disbelief in the Ukrainians’ ability to fight off Russia’s genocidal onslaught still hangs over the battlefield. The habits of faith and distrust are rooted in the tales we are enchanted by, in the narrative traps we wilfully fall into. If we have no faith in a sly kid outwitting a monster, we have been listening to the wrong kind of stories.

Sasha Dovzhyk will read from her creative nonfiction collection Once Upon a Time in Ukraine: Tales of Full-Scale Resistance (in progress) and speak about the role of storytelling amidst the all-out war. Working with the testimonies collected by the author in Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion, the collection is also informed by rich literary and folk traditions feeding Ukraine’s will to fight.

The lecture will be followed by a commentary by Katherine Younger, IWM Permanent Fellow, who will also moderate the audience questions.

Sasha Dovzhyk, UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies / Ukrainian Institute London and currently IWM Fellow.

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