Nadezhda in the Dark by Yelena Moskovich

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“Moskovich is the master of silky, slinky sentences that run in unexpected directions” The Telegraph

“Sexy and readable . . . a celebration of resilience and of myriad survivors” Times Literary Supplement

“One of the best fiction releases of 2023” Dazed Digital

A queer anthem for doomed youth by the author of Virtuoso and A Door Behind a Door

On the longest night of a Berlin winter two women sit side-by-side. Both fled the Soviet Union as children, one from Ukraine, and her girlfriend from Russia.

A thigh shifts, fingers fold in, a shoulder is lowered. Neither speak.

As silence weighs heavy between them, decades of Ukrainian and Russian history resurface, from Yiddish jokes, Kyiv’s DIY queer parties and the hidden messages in Russian pop music, to resistance in Odesa, raids in Moscow clubs and the death of their friend.

As the requiem inside the narrator’s head expands within the darkness of the room, she asks the all-important question: what does it mean to have hope?