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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


The CUS Conversation series: Conversation with Yurii Andrukhovych


The CUS Conversation-webinar series: Conversation with Yurii Andrukhovych, Ukraine's leading postmodern prose writer, poet & essayist. Yurii will discuss the creative process of being an author in the context of the constant endings and endless beginnings that mark contemporary life in Ukraine, Europe and the world. He will also read some of his own work. The audience will have the opportunity to interact with the author during the Q&A session.

Please join the conversation on 10th November 2020 at 18:00 (GMT)

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Yurii Andrukhovich is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, and essays that have been translated into numerous languages. He is a public activist who has participated in all key events leading up to and post-dating the 1991 declaration of Ukraine’s independence. Andrukhovych's first book of poetry, Sky and Squares, appeared in 1985. His reputation as a prose writer was established after the publication of his three short novels Recreations (1992; the English edition 1998), The Moscoviad (1993; the English edition 2008), and Perversion (1996; published in English as Perverzion in 2005). In 1985, he was one of the co-founders of the popular literary performance group "Bu-Ba-Bu" (Burlesque-Bluster-Buffoonery) that has had a profound and lasting impact on the social and literary scenes in Ukraine. Desacralizing canonical notions of the national poet, of national and Communist party patriotism, of official language and traditions, Andrukhovych’s work opened Ukrainian literature to experimentation and to the freedom of self-expression. His ironic, bohemian, burlesque style transports readers to a virtual world that blurs the real and the fictional and motions to the play, parody, and laughter of the everyday as a remedy to totalitarian constraints. His works boisterously signal the post-modern revision of Ukrainian national culture in the context of globalisation.

NB: Andrukhovych’s works available in English translation include: Prose - Recreations (1992; English translation, 1998), The Moscoviad (1993; English translation, 2008), Perverzion (1996; English translation, 2005), and Twelve Circles (2003; English translation, 2015); Essays: - My Final Territory (2018); Poetry - Songs for a Dead Rooster (English translation, 2018)