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Books Against Bombs

Using Literature to Fight Back

From The Guardian Urban researcher Lev Shevchenko photographed how his neighbours in the residential area of ​​Kyiv barricaded themselves with books. In the image, piles of books line a window from top to bottom. They are arranged mainly with the binding inside, so it’s hard to tell what most of them are. Only one hefty volume, of the works of the Russian artist Ilya Glazunov, stands out. Ironically, this painter, who saw the second world war as a teenager and witnessed the collapse of the Soviet Union, publicly supported Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian policies and painted pictures in praise of Russia’s “greatness”. Now the people of Kyiv are using a catalogue of his paintings to defend themselves against the air attacks of the Russian army'.

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