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Studying in Russia in 1994, Viv Groskop falls in love with a Ukrainian rock guitarist named Bogdan Bogdanovich and accompanies him on a visit home

1 June 2024

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1 June 2024

9:00 AM

One Ukrainian Summer: A Memoir About Falling in Love and Coming of Age in the Former Soviet Union Viv Groskop

Ithaka, pp.192, 16.99

When the author and podcaster Viv Groskop first visited Ukraine, she travelled there from Moscow, on a long train that ran eventually beside a field of sunflowers. They were, she recalls in her lovely and modestly scaled memoir, like a ‘blast of sunshine screaming: “Welcome to Ukraine! You are no longer in Russia!”’

The year was 1994, and Groskop had been in the former USSR for a little under a year.

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