Blood of Others: Stalin's Crimean Atrocity and the Poetics of Solidarity

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University of Toronto Press
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5.91 X 9.06 X 0.94 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Rory Finnin is an associate professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge.


Blood of Others is an astonishing account of the entanglement of Russian, Crimean Tatar, Turkish, and Ukrainian cultural life with the political and social history of the Crimean Tatars. Rory Finnin's work is an impressive navigation among the languages and religious confessions of the Black Sea region, cultural works from poetry to film, centuries of imperial domination, and methodological toolkits, revealing the historical effects and ethical burdens of cultural expression in a fraught, multiply colonized territory.

- Kevin M.F. Platt, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania and editor of Global Russian Cultures

In this thoughtful, nuanced study of the literature of Crimea, Rory Finnin exposes the seams connecting the nations and empires that have coexisted in the Black Sea. Blood of Others corrects a significant lacuna in English language scholarship on Eurasian history and literature.

- Amelia Glaser, Associate Professor of Literature and Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies, University of California San Diego and author of Jews and Ukrainians in Russia's Literary Borderlands: From the Shtetl Fair to the Petersburg Bookshop

In his introduction to Blood of Others, Rory Finnin writes that he aims to 'realign our intellectual horizons, ' to refocus our attention on the cultural crossroads that is the Black Sea. He succeeds: using Russian, Ukrainian, Tatar, and Turkish sources, and with the tragic history of the Crimean Tatars as his focus, he shows how writers in the region influenced and enhanced one another's work. A brilliant book by the UK's most important scholar of Ukraine.

- Anne Applebaum, Staff Writer, The Atlantic, Senior Fellow, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gulag: A History and Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

Rory Finnin has written the definitive account of cultural responses to a still-hidden atrocity: the deportation of the Crimean Tatars. Through new research and sensitive interpretations, Blood of Others shows how the Crimean Tatar experience is deeply connected to global themes of colonialism, dispossession, and survival. It is a record of cultural resilience against astounding odds and a detailed portrait of art and memory in action.

- Charles King, Professor of International Affairs and Government, Georgetown University and author of The Black Sea: A History

The deportation of the Crimean Tatars from their ancestral homeland in 1944 was not only one of the crimes of Stalinism. It was also a triumph of settler colonialism that opened the door to the Russian annexation of the Crimea in 2014. In Blood of Others Rory Finnin shows the power of literary texts to forge ties of solidarity with an oppressed people across national, ethnic, and linguistic lines, ties of solidarity that would not exist otherwise. It is a book about the tragedy of the past that inspires optimism about the future, and an essential read for anyone interested in the literature, history, and politics of the Black Sea region.

- Serhii Plokhy, Mykhailo S. Hrushevs'kyi Professor of Ukrainian History, Harvard University and author of The Frontline: Essays on Ukraine's Past and Present