September 24, 2023

(The Hill) — The bestselling creator of “Eat, Pray, Love” says she’s pulling her newest e book from its deliberate publication following a “large” backlash about its setting in Russia.

Elizabeth Gilbert had introduced the publication of her newest novel, “The Snow Forest,” final week, describing it as a narrative “set in the midst of Siberia in the midst of the final century” that tells “the story of a bunch of people who decided to take away themselves from society to withstand the Soviet authorities and to attempt to defend nature in opposition to industrialization.”

However on Monday in a video posted on Twitter, Gilbert stated she was “making a course correction.”

“Over the course of this weekend, I’ve acquired an infinite, large outpouring of reactions and responses from my Ukrainian readers expressing anger, sorrow, disappointment and ache about the truth that I might select to launch a e book into the world proper now — any e book, it doesn’t matter what the topic of it’s — that’s set in Russia,” Gilbert stated.

“I need to say that I’ve heard these messages, and skim these messages, and I respect them,” the creator continued, saying she could be “eradicating the e book from its publication schedule.” The novel was poised to be launched in February, which might come nearly precisely two years after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Earlier this yr, United Nations Secretary-Basic António Guterres stated that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “triggered probably the most large violations of human rights we live at this time.”

“It isn’t the time for this e book to be revealed,” Gilbert stated in her video announcement.

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“I don’t need to add any hurt to a bunch of people that have already skilled, and who’re persevering with to expertise,  grievous and excessive hurt,” the 53-year-old author — whose best-selling 2006 memoir “Eat, Pray, Love” turn into successful film starring Julia Roberts — instructed readers, saying she would as an alternative flip her consideration to different e book initiatives that had been already within the works.