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Larissa Babij, "A Kind of Refugee" in conversation with Marci Shore

Navigating Home, History, and Courage Amidst War:
An Evening with Larissa Babij

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Join us for an intimate author event featuring Larissa Babij, as she shares her gripping firsthand account of survival and resilience amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Through vivid dispatches and reflective essays, Babij takes us on a journey through the chaos of war, exploring Ukrainian cultures of cooperation and the enduring spirit of those defending their homeland. Don't miss this poignant exploration of home, history, and the courage of ordinary people in extraordinary times.


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American-born Larissa Babij is at home in Kyiv when Russia launches its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Her grandparents left Ukraine amidst the violence of World War II, and nearly 80 years later, she is fleeing the advancing Russian army. A Kind of Refugee chronicles the first year of all-out war in Ukraine through vivid dispatches that Babij sent to readers abroad. In cities flooded with refugees and bustling with humanitarian aid efforts, or while supporting an innovative military unit making DIY drones, Babij examines Ukrainian cultures of cooperation. Reflecting on her American upbringing, she ponders the premium that Western societies—shaped by the traumatic history of WW II—place on security. When she returns to Kyiv, sirens, Russian missile strikes, and long periods of darkness organize her days.

This moving account of taking responsibility for your home and your history concludes with several essays on theater published between 2015 and 2021. Written with a fierce love for Ukraine and its people, this book is a testament to the courage of ordinary people committed to freedom while defending their homeland.

Larissa Babij is a Ukrainian-American writer, translator, and dancer based in Kyiv, Ukraine, since 2005. She holds a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, USA, and an MA in Cultural Studies from the National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy" in Ukraine. She is also a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education.

Larissa Babij

Her writing has appeared in The Evergreen Review, Arrowsmith Journal, The Odessa Review, Springerin, and other publications. She reports on living in Ukraine at war and participating in the country's civic-military defense at a Kind of Refugee.

Marci Shore is associate professor of history at Yale University and a regular visiting fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna. Her research focuses on the intellectual history of twentieth and twenty-first century Central and Eastern Europe. Her articles and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, Eurozine, The Atlantic, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other publications.

Marci Shore

She is the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation's Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968, The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, and The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution, which was republished in 2024 with a new foreword bringing the story into the present war.

Event Date: 
Thursday, April 18, 2024 - 6:00pm EDT
Event address: 
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
A Kind of Refugee: The Story of an American Who Refused to Leave Ukraine By Larissa Babij, Vladislav Davidzon (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Larissa Babij, Vladislav Davidzon (Foreword by)
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Published: Ibidem Press - April 8th, 2024

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The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution By Marci Shore Cover Image
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