Summer reading?

The CPS Book Club announces its Summer 2022 reading selection!

Need an excuse to read something *NOT* work- or school-related this sommerferie?

UiT’s Centre for Peace Studies has a book club for you!

For Summer 2022, we’ll be reading and discussing

 The Orphanage

by Serhiy Zhadan

We welcome all members of the UiT and Tromsø community to join us for the discussion on Friday, August 26th, 16:00-17:00.

Participants are welcome to attend in-person or digitally.

Please RSVP for the meeting of your choice with Kat Hodgson:


About the book:

If every war needs its master chronicler, Ukraine has Serhiy Zhadan, one of Europe’s most promising novelists. Recalling the brutal landscape of The Road and the wartime storytelling of A Farewell to Arms, The Orphanage is a searing novel that excavates the human collateral damage wrought by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. When hostile soldiers invade a neighboring city, Pasha, a thirty-five-year-old Ukrainian language teacher, sets out for the orphanage where his nephew Sasha lives, now in occupied territory. Venturing into combat zones, traversing shifting borders, and forging uneasy alliances along the way, Pasha realizes where his true loyalties lie in an increasingly desperate fight to rescue Sasha and bring him home.


Written with a raw intensity, this is a deeply personal account of violence that will be remembered as the definitive novel of the war in Ukraine.


About the CPS Book Club:


Q: What is it?

A:         It's a chance for the UiT and greater Tromsø community to enjoy reading and discussing a common book together. Because of the club is run by the Centre for Peace Studies, all chosen books will relate to some aspect of peace, war, or conflict. The chosen book is not meant to be academic in nature; it can be a work of fiction, a memoir, poetry - whatever the participants decide upon!

Q: When does it meet?

A:         Three times a year - once during the spring semester, once during the summer, and once during the fall semester. Specific dates are determined by the facilitator.

Q: Who can participate?

A:         Anyone who has read the book to be discussed!


Q: In which language will the discussions be held?

A:         Members are welcome to read the book in the language of their choice. However, for the purpose of including the greatest possible number of discussants, all club gatherings will take place in English.


Q: How much does it cost?

A:         Only the price of the book.

Q: What is the Centre for Peace Studies?

A:         We’re glad you asked! More information is readily available here:


Q: What else has the group read?

A:          Previous selections include:

  • Summer 2019 - The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State, by Nadia Murad (2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner)
  • Fall 2019 - Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
  • Spring 2020 - The Unwomanly Face of War, by Svetlana Alexievich
  • Summer 2020 - Tales from the Town of Widows, by James Cañon
  • Fall 2020 - A House in Norway, by Vigdis Hjorth
  • Spring 2021 - The Prisoner in His Palace, by Will Bardenwerper
  • Summer 2021 - The Girl Who Smiled Beads, by Clemantine Wamariya
  • Fall 2022 - The Book Collectors of Daraya, by Delphine Minoui
  • Spring 2022 - Afterlives, by Abdulrazak Gurnah
When: 05. Jul 2022 kl. 00.00–23.59
Where: All Campuses!
Location / Campus: Digitalt, Tromsø
Target group: Studenter, Besøkende, Inviterte, Enhet, Ansatte
Contact: Kat Hodgson
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