Dream Land, my novel about the Crimean Tatars, is being launched in Ukrainian translation today in Kiev, Ukraine. Here’s the beautiful cover, from publisher Duliby.
In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars, British writer Lily Hyde will present in Kyiv the Ukrainian language edition of her book ‘Dream Land’
British writer and journalist Lily Hyde will present a Ukrainian language edition of her book Dream Land on 14 May in Kyiv. The event is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from their historic homeland, and is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine and the Kyiv City State Administration. This event is jointly organized by the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, the Community of Crimean Tatars in Kyiv, the British Ukrainian Society, and the Duliby Publishing House.
May 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of the deportation of the Crimean Tatar people from their historic homeland to Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia. The late 1980s saw the beginning of a mass return of the Crimean Tatar people to Crimea, Ukraine. Their repatriation has not gone painlessly however, and it took great patience and hard work for the Crimean Tatars to resettle in the land of their ancestors. With the events of the present day, it seems as though history is repeating itself once again – many Crimean Tatars are again forced to leave their homeland.
Lily Hyde is a British writer and journalist who spent 10 years working in Ukraine and recorded countless interviews about the deportation and repatriation of the Crimean Tatars. Based on those interviews, Ms Hyde wrote the novel Dream Land, published in the UK by Walker Books in 2008. The novel was later translated and published in French (Naïve Livres, 2011) and Crimean Tatar (Tezis, 2013). The Ukrainian edition of the book has now been published by the Duliby Publishing House with financial support from renowned Ukrainian politician and diplomat Igor Ostash.
The presentation of the book will take place on 14 May, 7-8pm, at the Mystetskyi Arsenal National Cultural-Art and Museum Complex located at 10-12 Lavrska Street, Kyiv.