This was a hard book to rate because it was very well-written and about an interesting topic (the soviet invasion of Belarus in 1940-41). So to just say I liked it, it was very good etc, sounds wrong. In fact, I don’t think I am going to rate it for that very reason.
The book focuses on a headmaster of a school in Belarus which has recently become part of Russia and the politics involved in that – the fact that the kids at the school don’t speak Russian or Belorussian (they speak Ukranian), but teachers are not allowed to teach them in that language. The fear of the people of the NKVD coming to take them away in the Black Crow. What was interesting to me was the fact that this was set during the height of WW2 and yet there are no mention of it during the book, which to me goes to show that just because something is declared to be a world war, it isn’t necessarily.