Glory of Ukraine: Arts, Literature, History, Culture

By Aardvark Books & Cafe

Glory of Ukraine: Arts, Literature, History, Culture

By Aardvark Books & Cafe

We stand with Ukraine: what can we do in the face of this terrible assault on a European democratic country? Among other practical action, we can inform ourselves, learn about and appreciate the culture, art, history and language of this rich, diverse and beautiful nation, and empathise with their plight.

Kazimir Malevich: The Climax of Disclosure

Rainer Crone and David Moos


This book traces Malevich's development from his beginnings in Ukraine and early years in Moscow - where he was closely involved in the Futurist circle - through to the late 1920s and beyond, illuminating the work of an often misunderstood but extraordinarily creative painter.

Sonia Delaunay: Artist of the Lost Generation

Axel Madsen

£13.99 £13.29

Sonia Delaunay, born in Odessa in 1885, believed that art should be used to redecorate modern life, and that design should be truly artistic. Madsen offers a rich and compelling look at this fascinating and influential woman, the first living female artist to have a retrospective show at the Louvre.

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

Marina Lewycka

£8.99 £8.54

Bestselling author Marina Lewycka's hilarious and award winning debut novel, uncovering family truths with a comic writer's deft touch.

Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches From Kiev

Andrey Kurkov

£12.99 £12.34

Ukraine Diaries is acclaimed writer Andrey Kurkov's first-hand account of the ongoing crisis in his country, written in 2014. From his flat in Kiev, just five hundred yards from Independence Square, Kurkov can smell the burning barricades and hear the sounds of grenades and gunshots.

Summer Kitchens: Recipes and Reminiscences from Every Corner of Ukraine

Olia Hercules

£26.00 £24.70

In Ukraine, a summer kitchen is a small cooking space located in the veg garden, away from the main house. Calling on fond childhood memories and countless conversations and cooking sessions, Olia Hercules shows how you can truly make the most of summery ingredients to create new, inventive and utterly delicious plates of food.

From "the Ukraine" to Ukraine – A Contemporary History of 1991–2021

Matthew Rojansky, Georgiy Kasianov, et al.


The contributors to this collection of research articles explore the multidimensional transformation of independent Ukraine and deal with her politics, society, private sector, identity, arts, religions, media, and democracy. All nine chapters are jointly written by two co-authors, one Ukrainian and one Western, who respond here to recent needs in international higher education.

The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation

Andrew Wilson


The most acute, informed, and up-to-date account available today of Ukraine and its people, now in its fourth edition.

English-Ukrainian & Ukrainian-English One-to-One Dictionary (exam-suitable)

K. Volobuyeva


An essential resource for serious language learning!


Orlando Figes

£18.99 £18.04

The Crimean War one of the fiercest battles in Russia's history, killing nearly a million men and completely redrawing the map of Europe. Orlando Figes' vivid book, written in 2011, reinterprets this extraordinary conflict. Bringing to life ordinary soldiers in snow-filled trenches, surgeons on the battlefield and the haunted, fanatical figure of Tsar Nicholas himself, Crimea tells the human story of a tragic war.

The Emigrants

W.G. Sebald

£9.99 £9.49

W G Sebald's precise, almost dreamlike prose begins to draw four narrations of the experience of Jewish emigrés into one overwhelming evocation of exile and loss. 'A book of excruciating sobriety and warmth and a magical concreteness of observation... I know of no book which conveys more about that complex fate, being a European at the end of European civilization' Susan Sontag

On Tyranny Graphic Edition: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Timothy Snyder and Nora Krug

£16.99 £16.14

The 2021 graphic version of Timothy Snyder's 2017 book, which has been described as a sort of survival manual. Today, we are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to totalitarianism in the twentieth century. But when the political order seems imperilled, our advantage is that we can learn from their experience to resist the advance of tyranny.

Road to Unfreedom

Timothy Snyder

£10.99 £10.44

In this visionary work of contemporary history, Timothy Snyder shows how Russia works within the West to destroy the West; by supporting the far right in Europe, invading Ukraine in 2014, and waging a cyberwar during the 2016 presidential campaign and the EU referendum.

The Odessans

Irina Ratushinskaya

£10.99 £10.44

This is an epic and engrossing novel by Irina Ratushinskaya (1954-2017) telling the stories of three families in Odessa. Ratushinskaya was born in Odessa, a poet and novelist imprisoned forwriting poetry deemed to be "anti-Soviet agitation" for three years in the 1980's.

Also, some more general reflections on European history and how to resist tyranny. #standwithukraine 

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