The Culture Fights Back project to share stories of artists and civil society representatives who have joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Read the stories of Ukrainian writers and poets who continue to talk about the realities of war, still publishing books and poetry while risking their lives every single day.
Bohdan Kolomiychuk is a Ukrainian fiction writer. An author of adventure, historical and detective novels, he has been in the ranks of the Armed Forces since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion.
In 2013, the writer published his debut historical-adventure novel Ludwisar. Games of the nobles, which received the Grand Prix at Coronation of Words 2013 (an international literary competition). Bohdan also released a collection of detective stories, The Mystery of Eve (2014). The writer has repeatedly participated in international book fairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig. His other works include Mozart from Lemberg (2018), Express to Galicia (2020) and 300 Miles to the East (2021), the latter of which was nominated for the BBC Book of the Year 2022.
On February 24, when Russia’s full-scale invasion started, Bohdan decided to join the Armed Forces of Ukraine as a volunteer in order to protect his home and family.
“At the time, I didn’t think about the duties of a citizen, nor about any writer’s intentions. All I knew was that “thousands of people like me” were near the military headquarters – the enemy is near, and it is necessary to prepare.”
In the army, Bohdan was a junior sergeant, putting his literary work on hold. After months on the front, he was finally able to meet with his family for a few days, being able to write once more. He has since returned to the front line as a combat medic.
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