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

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About the Author
Rory Finnin is an associate professor of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Cambridge.
"An erudite, sensitive, deeply scholarly analysis of Ukrainian, Crimean Tatar, Russian, and Turkish poetry, prose, and films that expose Stalin's annihilation of Crimean Tatars. Finnin's work is both welcome and timely in view of the atrocities Russia is currently inflicting on Ukraine, atrocities born of Putin's false historical perceptions and imperialistic longings. Including detailed notes and a coda, this captivating, informative, compelling work elucidates the many nuances of the current situation in Ukraine for the benefit of those who would like to comprehend the incomprehensible."

"Finnin scrutinizes how collective guilt over the deportation of the Crimean Tatars was processed or denied in Crimean Tatar, Russian, Ukrainian, and Turkish literature, in particular poetic literature and cinema. ... [T]he book ought to be on the reading list of all experts and students of Soviet and post-Soviet studies, as well as general readership, since it is a feast of comparative literature in the Black Sea region, beautifully written with great empathy for the suffering of indigenous peoples there."

"The book rightfully deserves to be celebrated for author's efforts to bring together literary exchanges in four languages, for pioneering the deep intertextual analysis of the Crimean Tatar literature, for illuminating previously obscured intercultural relations, and above all, for giving justice to centuries of Crimea's colonial condition.... [T]he book should be read by everyone who is not indifferent to the plight of others - academics and nonacademics alike."

"Finnin's research is on the cutting edge of Crimean studies... and offers a new way to examine Crimean national identity. Blood of Others is a fine example of comparative literary research and a valuable contribution to the field of human rights discourse."

"In Blood of Others Rory Finnin has given us a book that tells us much that we should have known long ago, but did not... [It is] a book that honours the courage of righteous speech and behaviour, calls perfidy and injustice by their proper names and thereby becomes a powerful moral statement itself. And it is a book whose eloquence is commensurate with its high purpose."
"This is interdisciplinary humanities at its best, speaking to social scientist and humanist alike... Against the ongoing trauma of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and occupation of Crimea, Blood of Others is a most timely read, as intellectually stimulating and archivally rich as it is ethically fortifying."