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The Rooster House

Victoria Belim / Amrita Acharia
In the Ukrainian city of Poltava stands a building known as the Rooster House an elegant mansion with two voluptuous red roosters flanking the door. It doesn't look horrifying. And yet when Victoria was growing up her great-grandmother would take pains to avoid walking past it. In 2014 while the Russian state was annexing Crimea Victoria visited her grandmother. Just before the trip she came across her great-grandfather's diary one page scored deep with the single line: 'Brother Nikodim vanished in the 1930s fighting for a free Ukraine.' She had never heard of this uncle and no one seemed willing to tell her about him. Victoria became obsessed with recovering his story and returned to her birth country again and again in pursuit of it. In the end after years her winding search took her back to the place she had always known it would - to the Rooster House and the dark truths contained in its basement.

  • Published by Isis Publishing Ltd
  • Fiction/Non-FictionNon Fiction
  • Genre Autobiography
  • Target Audience Adult
  • Released 18th May 2023
  • Duration 08 Hrs. 05 Mins.
  • ISBN 9781399151795