Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

“It’s about Decolonization”
Language and Books in Times of War

Pavlo Šved

Deutsche Fassung


Ukraine was heavily Russified, Ukrainian marginalized. Publishing corporations from Russia dominated the book market with Russian books. Books can also be an imperial tool. So long as Moscow is at war with Ukraine, a total ban on the import of books from Russia will be necessary. This is an act of self-defence. And every Ukrainian-language book is a contribution to the promotion of Ukrainian cultural and national identity.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 307–310)