The Ukrainian writer and artist Yevgenia Belorusets’s War Diary was one of the first works of literature to emerge from the 2022 invasion. The entries, which began on February 24, when the first missiles hit Kyiv, appeared as regular dispatches in the German newspaper Der Spiegel. (They were written in German—since 2004, she has held a number of artist’s fellowships in Germany and Austria.) The diary entries were quickly translated into English and posted on the websites of Isolarii, a small publisher, and Artforum. In March 2023 they were released as a book.
Excerpts from War Diary were published in the Fall 2022 issue of Harriman Magazine.