On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine

On Our Way Home from the Revolution: Reflections on Ukraine

by Sonya Bilocerkowycz


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In 2014 Sonya Bilocerkowycz is a tourist at a deadly revolution. At first she is enamored with the Ukrainians’ idealism, which reminds her of her own patriotic family. But when the romantic revolution melts into a war with Russia, she becomes disillusioned, prompting a return home to the US and the diaspora community that raised her. As the daughter of a man who studies Ukrainian dissidents for a living, the granddaughter of war refugees, and the great-granddaughter of a gulag victim, Bilocerkowycz has inherited a legacy of political oppression. But what does it mean when she discovers a missing page from her family’s survival story—one that raises questions about her own guilt?
In these linked essays, Bilocerkowycz invites readers to meet a swirling cast of post-Soviet characters, including a Russian intelligence officer who finds Osama bin Laden a few weeks after 9/11; a Ukrainian poet whose nose gets broken by Russian separatists; and a long-lost relative who drives a bus into the heart of Chernobyl. On Our Way Home from the Revolution muddles our easy distinctions between innocence and culpability, agency and fate.

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ISBN-13: 9780814255438
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Behalf of Ohio State Up
Publication date: 09/23/2019
Series: 21st Century Essays Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sonya Bilocerkowycz’s work has appeared in Guernica, Colorado Review, The Southampton Review, Image, Ninth Letter, and Crab Orchard Review. She has served as a Fulbright grantee in Belarus, an educational recruiter in the Republic of Georgia, and an instructor at Ukrainian Catholic University.

Table of Contents


Note on the Text

The Village (Fugue)

On Our Way Home from the Revolution

Bloodlines (or, Although a Good Man, a Muscovite)

Instructions for Parents in Upbringing Children

Duck and Cover

Word Portrait 


Article 54 of the Criminal Code of the Ukrainian SSR


The Village (Interlude)

Encyclopedia of Earthly Things

Swing State

The Village (Reprise)

I Saw the Sunshine, Melting

The Village (Da Capo)



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