- Six days after announcing the launch of her new book, Elizabeth Gilbert said she had decided to stop publishing.
- “Snow Forest” was supposed to be set in Siberia, Russia.
- Some Ukrainians have expressed disappointment that the book is set in Russia.
Melbourne-based author Lee Coffman has a somewhat unique take on Elizabeth Gilbert’s decision not to publish her latest novel on schedule, citing the reaction she received from some Ukrainian readers.
Lee Coffman was born in Siberia, Russia, the setting for Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Snow Forest. Coffman has a Russian-Jewish mother and a Ukrainian-Jewish father, and lived in both Russia and Ukraine during her childhood. sauce: Supplied
Coffman, a Russian, Ukrainian, Israeli and Australian author with eight books, said Gilbert’s decision to stop publishing the book set a precedent that would lead to a “slippery slope.”
In the video, Gilbert explained the reasons for the decision and said he would turn his attention to working on other projects.
“Anger, sadness” from a Ukrainian reader
What prompted Gilbert to reconsider publishing the book was the reaction he received from the Ukrainian people to the book’s setting.
Some of the feedback Elizabeth Gilbert received after announcing the upcoming release of her book The Snow Forrest. credit: Alisha Orr
“We have received a huge amount of responses from Ukrainian readers expressing their anger, sadness, disappointment and distress over the fact that they have chosen to put any book into the world now, whatever the subject matter. It’s set in Russia,” she said in a video posted to her Instagram page less than a week after announcing the book’s release.
“I have heard these messages, I have read these messages and I respect them. As a result, I am correcting my course and removing this book from my publication schedule. Now is not the time to publish this book. said Gilbert.
Some commented on Elizabeth Gilbert’s announcement of her new book, saying she thought the publication was “insensitive”.
“The massacre was terrible, but I am disappointed that Elizabeth Gilbert has retracted her book,” Coffman said.
“I feel it’s a very slippery slope.”
She said she was told, “This is not the time to write about Russia in a semi-positive or slightly nostalgic way.”
The decision to cancel Gilbert’s book has been met with mixed reactions online, with some on Twitter calling it an overreaction, but Ukrainians described it as a “compassionate” and “kind decision”. I admire her sensibility,” he replied. . ”
“The real story has nothing to do with Ukrainians,” she said.
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