Staff Review: I Will Die in a Foreign Land

I Will Die in a Foreign Land
by Kalani Pickhart
Review by Livvy

This powerful and groundbreaking debut novel falls under my new favourite genre – educational fiction. That is, a story that transforms the boundaries of ordinary fiction, teaching its readers about significant ideologies, concepts and events. So, as well as being transformed by the story and prose, I also learned a lot. Win-win.

This is a formidable novel that provides important historical context to help readers understand the current events in Ukraine – with no prior knowledge required.

Most importantly, it humanises and depoliticises the war, bringing life and emotion to the characters who are living in what most of us would find unimaginable circumstances.