the Ukrainian book hit in the heart by Russian missiles

the Ukrainian book hit in the heart by Russian missiles
the Ukrainian book hit in the heart by Russian missiles

Russia has signed in red the new tragic chapter of a novel which already has so many. Thursday, May 23 in the morning, three S-300 missiles, fired from Russian territory, where the Ukrainians do not have the right to attack with equipment provided by the West, fell in Kharkiv, on the Faktor printing house. Druk, the largest in the country, instantly killing 7 and injuring 20 among the 50 workers who were working…

Russia has signed in red the new tragic chapter of a novel which already has so many. Thursday, May 23 in the morning, three S-300 missiles, fired from Russian territory, where the Ukrainians do not have the right to attack with equipment provided by the West, fell in Kharkiv, on the Faktor printing house. Druk, the largest in the country, instantly killing 7 and injuring 20 among the 50 workers then working on the site.

The workers were printing children’s literature, said Serhii Bolvinov, head of the Kharkiv regional police. “This printing press produced books, school textbooks, newspapers, magazines,” continued the police officer. Now we do not have a single such company in Kharkiv. » More than 50,000 books were destroyed by fire in a war crime akin to a modern Russian book burning.

“It’s a strength”

Capital of Soviet Ukraine, from 1922 to 1934, Kharkiv was the cradle of modernist Ukrainian literature. In 1934, Stalin ordered the arrest of all the city’s writers there, 33 were executed with a bullet to the head. Ninety years later, Serhiy Jadan, the greatest contemporary writer and poet, rocker and potential Nobel Prize winner, still lives in Kharkiv. “The Ukrainian book is a strength, that’s why the enemy wants to destroy it,” he wrote on Friday.

The Faktor-Druk printing house rented its services to almost all Ukrainian publishers. It is estimated that a third of the books published in Ukraine came from its presses. Kharkiv already saw two other printing houses targeted by the Russians in March. This latest strike comes exactly a week before the opening of the Book Arsenal, Ukraine’s largest book fair, in kyiv, for which Faktor-Druk hastily printed all the latest literary releases of the moment.

Annihilation Project

“ [Les Russes] bombed the printing press on purpose, so that these books would not exist and the Ukrainian book market would not exist for a quarter of a century, enrages Oksana Zaboujko, renowned writer. They tried to silence the Ukrainian book by other methods, and now they are using bombs and missiles, all so that we continue reading in Russian. » Paradox of these dark times, the book sector is booming in Ukraine.

Trendy bookstores are opening one after the other in kyiv, and even in Kharkiv, as if Ukrainians were treating the stress and pain that gnaws away at them through reading. Since 2022, the number of titles has increased by 73% and circulations by 203%. Among the bestsellers, we find the works of the famous American historian Timothy Snyder, author of “Lands of Blood”, “On Tyranny” and “The Road to Serfdom”, and unanimously recognized specialist on the Holocaust.

For two years, Timothy Snyder has been warning of the annihilation project, which he believes is at the heart of the Kremlin’s war aims. “Russia has just bombed a pearl of European culture,” he reacts. This is an example of a broader genocidal policy. »

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