In preparation for today, the anniversary of Putin’s terrible full-scale invasion of Ukraine, librarians around Collegiate Cambridge have been promoting material about Ukraine. This post looks at some examples.
In the Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics Faculty Library, readers and visitors can see a display of books about the 2022- invasion and about the Russian war against Ukraine that started in 2014. Between the books are quotations from Ukrainians about the full-scale war. Here are some of the books that feature.
- Invasion : Russia’s bloody war and Ukraine’s fight for survival / Luke Harding.
- The Zelensky effect / Olga Onuch, Henry E. Hale.
- Diary of an invasion / Andrey Kurkov.
- Frontline Ukraine : crisis in the borderlands / Richard Sakwa.
- The death of a soldier told by his sister / Olesya Khromeychuk.
- Overreach : the inside story of Putin’s war against Ukraine / Owen Matthews.
- Putin’s wars : from Chechnya to Ukraine / Mark Galeotti.
- Relentless courage : Ukraine and the world at war : the world’s photojournalists document the Russian invasion.
- The conflict in Ukraine : what everyone needs to know / Serhy Yekelchyk. (2015 edition on display; 2020 updated edition also available)
Wolfson College Library run a ‘book of the week’ feature. For this week, they chose the 2017 anthology of Ukrainian poetry in translation Words for war edited by Oksana Maksymchuk & Max Rosochinsky. The Wolfson book of the week feature appears in the College newsletter and on Twitter and Instagram, and the physical copy is on display at the Library’s Enquiry Desk. Readers can also access an ebook copy via this record.
In the Architecture and History of Art Faculty Library, staff have put on a display called ‘Connections : Ukraine and the AHA’.
The books featured are:
- Superfluous women : art, feminism, and revolution in twenty-first-century Ukraine / Jessica Zychowicz.
- Lemberg, Lwów, L’viv, 1914-1947 : violence and ethnicity in a contested city / Christoph Mick.
- Kazimir Malevich : the climax of disclosure / Rainer Crone, David Moos.
- Ukraïna 1933 : kulinarna knyha / linoryty Mykoly Bondarenka = Ukraine 1933 : a cookbook / linocuts by Mykola Bondarenko. [iDiscover link to be added]
What about the main University Library? Just this blog post is the main event but it is the culmination of a year spent promoting Ukraine and pushing awareness of the war. Throughout this awful year of the full-scale invasion, we have maintained weekly blog posts (listed below in reverse date order) about Ukraine, often about the war but often celebrating Ukrainian culture and history reflected in our growing collections.
- 18/2/23: Events around the anniversary of the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
- 11/2/23: Decolonising the old classification of Ukrainian literature
- 4/2/23: MMLL Faculty Library’s oldest Ukrainian book
- 28/1/23: A Ukrainian almanac for 75 years ago
- 20/1/23: CUL Liberation Ukraine lecture exhibition
- 14/1/23: Older Ukrainian material via the HathiTrust
- 7/1/23: The newest Ukrainian books to arrive
- 26/12/22: More Ukrainian films, this time from Box of Broadcasts
- 23/12/22: ‘Treasures of Ukraine’
- 17/12/22: Online resources from the British Library about Ukraine and more
- 10/12/22: CUL carols and Ukraine
- 3/12/22: Polish books about Ukraine
- 26/11/22: Holodomor Memorial Day
- 19/11/22: Simon Armitage on Ukraine
- 12/11/22: Ukrainian Cassandras, witnesses, and killjoys
- 31/10/22: ‘The problems of successful upbringing’
- 27/10/22: Liberation and Ukraine
- 22/10/22: The war on Russian writers against the war on Ukraine
- 15/10/22: “Of your truth we have had enough” : Lesia Ukrainka’s Cassandra
- 23/9/22: Mogilizatsiia and Pugacheva
- 8/10/22: Shevchenko and a possible exhibit
- 30/9/22: Writings from Ukraine Lab
- 17/9/22: Handwriting in Ukrainian donations
- 9/9/22: Untangling a record for a Ukrainian book
- 3/9/22: Ukraine, Gorbachev, and nuclear power
- 24/8/22: Ukrainian Independence Day
- 20/8/22: Russian ‘publications provocateurs’ and the war against Ukraine
- 13/8/22: Books about Ukrainian cinema
- 06/8/22: Ukraine and films in the Klassiki database
- 30/7/22: Ukraine and anti-war Russians in ‘Novaia Gazeta’
- 23/7/22: Vpered, Ukraïno! = Forward, Ukraine!
- 16/7/22: A couple of Ukrainian music titles
- 09/7/22: New Ukrainian books about the world before 2022
- 02/7/22: Slovakia’s Museum of Ukrainian Culture
- 22/6/22: Decolonisation and Russia’s war against Ukraine
- 18/6/22: Ukrainian literature in translation
- 10/6/22: New English-language acquisitions relating to Ukrainian history
- 31/5/22: Newly catalogued Ukrainian books
- 28/5/22: Ukraine, agriculture, and war
- 21/5/22: Vyshyvanka Day 2022
- 14/5/22: Leonid Kravchuk, 1934-2022
- 07/5/22: Hryhoriĭ Skovoroda (1722-1794), Ukrainian philosopher
- 30/4/22: Mariupol
- 22/4/22: Raising money for a new library for Ukrainian refugees
- 13/4/22: The ethnography of the Ukrainian Carpathians
- 09/4/22: Ukrainian literature for teaching in 1901
- 01/4/22: Ukraine’s forgotten war before war
- 26/3/22: Modern Ukrainian music
- 19/3/22: Serhiy Zhadan : a voice from Ukraine
- 11/3/22: Recent Ukrainian language and literature additions in the University Library
- 04/3/22: Mariia Prymachenko : a Ukrainian artist for peace
- 25/2/22: The Russian invasion of Ukraine
I’ll end with a reminder about the candle-lit vigil at 7pm today on King’s Parade and the march for Ukraine starting tomorrow at 2pm by the Hills Road War Memorial.
Mel Bach, with huge thanks to MMLL, Wolfson, and AHA library colleagues