Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Ukrainian Night

It is no secret (passim) that I am very far from thinking that Ukraine's Maidan revolution in 2014 was necessarily a good thing. It seems to me that it very likely put the slow-burning match to the powder keg that finally went off two months ago.  That said, if there is anyone who can point me in a different direction, it is probably be Timothy Snyder, so this month's Audible credit has gone on The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution as recommended my him.
A vivid and intimate account of the Ukrainian Revolution, the rare moment when the political became the existential

What is worth dying for? While the world watched the uprising on the Maidan as an episode in geopolitics, those in Ukraine during the extraordinary winter of 2013-14 lived the revolution as an existential transformation: the blurring of night and day, the loss of a sense of time, the sudden disappearance of fear, the imperative to make choices.

In this lyrical and intimate book, Marci Shore evokes the human face of the Ukrainian Revolution. Grounded in the true stories of activists and soldiers, parents, and children, Shore's book blends a narrative of suspenseful choices with a historian's reflections on what revolution is and what it means. She gently sets her portraits of individual revolutionaries against the past as they understand it—and the future as they hope to make it. In so doing, she provides a lesson about human solidarity in a world, our world, where the boundary between reality and fiction is ever more effaced.
I still have finished last month's Audible book, Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, with eight of its eighteen hours left to go. It is great stuff though and I have just finished chapter 40.

I had hoped to make a bit more of a dent in it driving down from London to Cardiff last night, but recently having swapped both car and phone I didn't have the right connector.

What I need is a USB A male to USB C male connector with a short cable

Prodnose: That sounds like a cue for a song!

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