Olena Stiazhkina is an historian and award-winning writer and journalist. Her fiction includes short stories, novels, and detective stories. She was a professor of Slavic history at Donetsk National University until the Russian occupation of 2014. Having written in Russian up to then, she began writing in Ukrainian. Her books include Ukraine, War, Love: A Donetsk Diary, and the novels, Cecil the Lion’s Death Made Sense (forthcoming in English), and In God’s Language (English by Uilleam Blacker), both depicting life in occupied Donetsk and the terrible choices people face.