These harrowing stories of life under Soviet rule. Stories of starvation. Of cannibalism. Living without any kind of healthcare – no doctor or medicine.
And the stark black and white art really lend to the feeling of emptiness that these men and women are reflecting on.
In the Ukraine Notebooks, it might have been nice to have more background about what was going on. Or maybe I should know the background.
And even the atrocities being committed in the 21st century during the Chechen wars as described in the Russian Notebooks. It’s amazing what we can turn away from.
Thanks to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for a copy in return for an honest review.
(This must be an early copy. There are some odd mistakes. Like page 39 has some odd formatting and stops in the middle of a word. And that’s not the first page where a sentence just stops, but the next page starts a new sentence.)