Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

“A Society Needs Citizens Who Read”
Books and Politics in Times of War

Marjana Savka

Deutsche Fassung


A society can only be considered complete if its citizens read. Too often, this is not the case in Ukraine. Bookshops are rare, there are few campaigns to promote reading, and literary criticism is in short supply. An understanding that books are essential is lacking. Shared values are the basis for the consolidation of any society. Books are the bearers of these values. Ukrainians should talk about the issues that mould their national identity, form their historical memory, and give them the strength for visions for the future.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 297–302)