My Book

I think that everyone should read this book, if only to see what irreplaceable values and what earthly beauty is right now, at this writing, being obliterated by the ravages of war. Victoria Belim had no idea that she would become the memory bearer of her generation when she started writing. Gabriella Håkansson, Sydsvenskan

An account of the history of her country through the microcosm of her family, with its mysteries and aromas. Maria R. Sahuquillo, El Pais

An introduction to why the Ukrainians defend themselves so fiercely. Jørgen Herman Monrad, Weekendavisen

A subtle and beautiful novel, brimming with nuances, which is read with the voracity of a thriller.
Rosa Martí, The Confidential

Belim tells all these events with great elegance and a dose of intimacy. Adolfo Torrecilla, Aceprensa

A captivating Ukrainian family saga. Jytte Kjær Schou, Historie Online

Victoria Belim narrates engrossingly about her country’s history in sensuous language. Anne Skov Thomsen, Kristeligt Dagblad

Victoria Belim writes up close and personal about returning home to the Ukrainian countryside… Despite the horrific acts that seem to have no end, the corruption, the falsifications of history and the impenetrable Soviet bureaucracy, this is a beautiful narrative. Life in the countryside is depicted with great love … Red Sirens is a well-written and deeply moving book. Guri Sørnes, Dag og Tig

What her sensitive story ultimately shows is that the absence of truth can be more terrifying than the presence of lies. Björn Wiman, Dagens Nyheter

Some memories are loaded with blood, earth and beauty. A book that grows before the reader like an angry flower.
Karina Sainz Borgo, ABC

My memoir, The Rooster House, will be published in English in 2023 by Virago (UK) and Abrams Press (USA). The book tells my family history across four generations as I search for traces of my great-uncle who disappeared during the 1930s, and explore Ukraine’s complex relationship with its Soviet past. It’s also a story about family ties that survive conflicts and turmoil. Here is a publisher’s summary. You can pre-order on Amazon or

The Rooster House has been translated into twelve languages, and the Spanish version titled Mi Ucrania will be published by Lumén on October 23rd, 2022. The Catalan, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Dutch versions are likewise going to be published this fall. They will be followed by Finnish, Italian, German, Polish, Korean, Chinese, and Portuguese editions in 2023. In translation, the book is titled Red Sirens.

Spanish edition: Mi Ucrania

Read an excerpt of Mi Ucrania in Spanish.

Catalan edition: La Meva Ucraïna

Norwegian edition: Røde Sirener

Swedish edition: Röda Sirener

Danish edition: De Røde Sirener

Dutch edition: Rode Sirenes

Read an excerpt of Rode Sirenes in Dutch.

Meanwhile, I will be traveling to promote the book and meet the readers. Hope to see some of you during these trips.

April 26, 2023

Berlin reading

April 27-30, 2023

Leipzig Book Fair  

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