Ukrainian politics, society and culture has had a whirlwind decade and Russian-American literary critic, editor, essayist, and journalist Vladislav Davidzon has been there to document it all. In his new book, ‘From Odessa with Love: Political and Literary Essays in Post-Soviet Ukraine’, Davidzon collates essays and articles that offer unique – and often humorous - insights into events spanning the 2014 Revolution of Dignity, mafia spats, and the author’s own embroilment in Ukrainegate – the US impeachment inquiry.
As co-founder of The Odessa Review, Davidzon is familiar with many leading figures in Ukrainian politics and culture, writing about them for a Western audience. His eye for the absurd, literary grasp of language, and longstanding love for the city of Odessa have left him well-placed to translate the often-peculiar realities of the post-Soviet space to the wider world. Henry Jackson Society is therefore delighted to host him to discuss these events, his new book, and the broader question of Ukrainian politics and relations with Russia and the USA.