• I Will Die in a Foreign Land

  • By: Kalani Pickhart
  • Narrated by: Adam Barr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In 1913, a Russian ballet incited a riot in Paris at the new Theâtre de Champs-Elysees. A century later, in November 2013, thousands of Ukrainian citizens gathered at Independence Square in Kyiv to protest then-President Yanukovych's failure to sign a referendum with the European Union, opting instead to forge a closer alliance with President Vladimir Putin and Russia. The peaceful protests turned violent when military police shot live ammunition into the crowd, killing over a hundred civilians.

I Will Die in a Foreign Land follows four individuals over the course of a volatile Ukrainian winter, as their lives are forever changed by the Euromaidan protests. Katya is a Ukrainian American doctor stationed at a makeshift medical clinic in St. Michael's Monastery; Misha is an engineer originally from Pripyat, who has lived in Kyiv since his wife's death; Slava is a fiery young activist whose past hardships steel her determination in the face of persecution; and Aleksandr Ivanovich, a former KGB agent, who climbs atop a burned-out police bus at Independence Square and plays the piano.

While unfolding an especially moving story of quiet beauty and love in a time of terror, I Will Die in a Foreign Land is an ambitious, intimate, and haunting portrait of human perseverance and empathy.

©2021 Kalani Pickhart (P)2021 Tantor

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A complex story line, underscoring cross currents in this difficult part of the world. Somewhat challenging to follow due to abrupt shifts — poor editing without adequate pauses does not always make these shifts clear, although the reader helps with changes of voice that are effective.