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The Man from Talalaivka: A story of love, life and loss from Ukraine

Olga Chaplin


Green Olive Press

Fiction & Literature;
Historical fiction


304 pages

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EVENT: BOOK LAUNCH at Abbey's Bookshop 131 York Street Sydney on Thursday 1 June

Join Olga Chaplin at Abbey's for the launch of her new historical novel.
Thursday 1 June 6PM
Free Event • RSVP

2017 is the centenary of the revolution in the Russian empire and here we have a compelling story set during World War II, spanning continents and time, and ending with a new start in Australia. Well researched, the novel is based on historical facts around the stories of migrants to Australia. Moreover, issues of sovereignty and survival in Ukraine continue today and are as relevant to its people and to the world at large as they were 100 years ago.

Join author Olga Chaplin at Abbey's Bookshop to hear more about the novel and meet the author.

The Man from Talalaivka is the gripping story of a man torn between love for his country and the harsh reality of totalitarian rule... The story of a man forced to change countries through the battles of two totalitarian tyrants...

In an idyllic Kylapchin village, 200 kilometres north-east of Kiev, in Ukraine's Sumskaya Oblast, a young man's life was overturned by the brutality of the Stalinist regime. It was 1929: Lenin had died five years earlier, his followers gradually scattering or succumbing to Secretary General Stalin's ruthless will.

Upheaval took on a sinister new dimension as 'collectivisation' of farms was enforced throughout Stalin's new Russian empire; no greater effects of which were felt than by Peter and his family, along with millions of others in the Ukraine.

Stalin's goal - to break and destroy the independence of Ukrainian farmers - did ultimately succeed. But at massive cost. Most were herded to 'collective farms', or kolkhozes. Others - like Peter's parents Yosef and Palasha - were gaoled on pretext of being 'kulaks' (wealthy farmers), then sentenced to five years' imprisonment in a Siberian labour camp. It was a one-way ticket to a slow death.

Peter risked his life-and perhaps even the safety of his young family-and did the unthinkable: he forged travel documents and journeyed to the Siberian snow-bound prison camp in which his parents were incarcerated. The journey, and his capture by NKVD agents, almost cost him his life. Miraculously, he returned, changed by the haunting experience...

By:   Olga Chaplin
Imprint:   Green Olive Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9780992486068
ISBN 10:   0992486068
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   March 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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