The Orphanage: A Novel Audiobook, by Serhiy Zhadan Play Audiobook Sample

The Orphanage: A Novel Audiobook

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Read By: Narrator Info Added Soon Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 0 hours and 00 min. at 1.5x Speed 0 hours and 00 min. at 2.0x Speed Release Date: September 2022 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9798212023160

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Longest Chapter Length:

77:44 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

17 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

54:28 minutes

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A devastating story of the struggle of civilians caught up in the conflict in eastern Ukraine

If every war needs its master chronicler, Ukraine has Serhiy Zhadan, one of Europe’s most promising novelists. Recalling the brutal landscape of The Road and the wartime storytelling of A Farewell to Arms, The Orphanage is a searing novel that excavates the human collateral damage wrought by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.

When hostile soldiers invade a neighboring city, Pasha, a thirty-five-year-old Ukrainian language teacher, sets out for the orphanage where his nephew Sasha lives, now in occupied territory. Venturing into combat zones, traversing shifting borders, and forging uneasy alliances along the way, Pasha realizes where his true loyalties lie in an increasingly desperate fight to rescue Sasha and bring him home.

Written with a raw intensity, this is a deeply personal account of violence that will be remembered as the definitive novel of the war in Ukraine.

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“A literary master of enormous force. At times he combines the energy of Jack Kerouac and atmospheric spell of Isaac Babel, at other times he is a balladeer of his country’s struggle…Zhadan is one of those rare things—almost impossible to find now in the West—a national bard, a chronicler.”

— Ilya Kaminsky, award-winning author of Deaf Republic 


  • “Zhadan presents a nightmarish, raw vision of contemporary eastern Ukraine under siege from Russian-backed separatists…With a poet’s sense of lyricism…[Zhadan] unblinkingly reveals a country’s devastation and its people’s passionate determination to survive.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Brilliantly rendered into English by Reilly Costigan‑Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler, [The Orphanage] draws on Dante to offer a vivid glimpse of the current inferno in Eastern Ukraine.”

    — Times Literary Supplement
  • “One of the most important voices in eastern Ukraine…What makes Zhadan unique in Eastern Europe is his ability to empathize across ideological lines without compromising his ideals. The Unites States needs a Zhadan as much as Ukraine does.”

    — Los Angeles Review of Books

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About Serhiy Zhadan

Serhiy Zhadan, widely considered to be one of the most important young writers in Ukraine, is the author of Mesopotamia and What We Live For, What We Die For: Selected Poems.