Krytyka's Editorial Board Member Yuri Andrukhovych was awarded Vilenica 2017 International Literary Prize. The prize will be officially presented at the ceremony...

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The Harvard Ukrainian Studies journal has published a two-volume Festschrift in honor of George G. Grabowicz's 70th birthday. The set brings together 49 essays...

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Yuliya Musakovska. Hunting for Silence

Svitlana Bohdan ・ January 2016
Ternopil: Krok, 2014.
The third book from Lviv poet, Yuliya Musakovska, Hunting for Silence is a collection of feminine and somewhat melancholy poetry. From a formal standpoint, her experiments with a melodic rhythm and a skillful possession of verse are attractive: both free and classical, syllabo-tonic and tonic. Thematically, the collection centers on the relationship between husband and wife. Moreover, several of the texts are devoted to the theme of motherhood, emerging from the particular feeling that develops when the newborn son becomes “the most important thing in the world.”
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George G. Grabowicz’s advancement to the 2nd round of the competition for the Taras Shevchenko Award provoked a series of attacks on the scholar’s persona and...

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His favorite color is blue. He writes about the blue storms of civil-war battles and blue stagecoaches careening into the sky-blue distance. He calls a short...

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Wedding Cabbage

Vasyl Makhno ・ September 2014

Three trains — Prague-Moscow, Budapest-Moscow, and Belgrade-Moscow — brought the smell of the abroad to the Ternopil station. Usually these trains had several...

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Roksana Kharchuk. Contemporary Ukrainian Prose. The Postmodern Period.

Alyona Artiukh ・ March 2014
Kyiv: Akademia, 2008.
This broad analytical cross-section surveys the general state of Postmodern Studies in Ukrainian literary criticism, which remains relatively new in the Ukrainian context, while elucidating local scholars’ perceptions of postmodernism. In this context, Kharchuk defines the 1990-2000s as the postmodern period and examines various writers' works of prose published in the period. She resists the temptation to divide the authors into postmodernists and non-postmodernists—or, even more perilously, to single out only those who can be called postmodern.
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George Grabowicz, Oles Fedoruk, Taras Shevchenko. The Facsimile Publication of the First Edition of Taras Shevchenko’s Haydamaky (1841)

・ November 2013
Kyiv: Krytyka, 2013.
This publication consists of three books: the facsimile of Haydamaky, 1841; Professor George Grabowicz’s monograph, Shevchenko’s Haydamaky: The Poem and Its Critical Reception; Oles Fedoruk’s The First Edition of Shevchenko’s Haydamaky: The History of the Book.
The facsimile publication of Shevchenko’s Haydamaky reproduces the poem's first edition with the utmost accuracy, in terms of the number of pages, their size, the paper grade and crucially, the text. Prof. Grabowicz’s study newly interprets its reception, form and content as well as its role in making Shevchenko a national poet in a global context. In his lavishly illustrated study-commentary, Fedoruk reviews and systematizes published and archival sources on the history of the poem's creation, publication and reception. The critically revised first edition of Haydamaky is in the appendix.
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Mykola Riabchuk. The Stone and Sysyphus: Literary Essays

Hanna Protasova ・ August 2016
Kharkiv: Akta, 2016.
Original title in Ukrainian: Каміння і Сізіф: літературні есеї [Kaminnia i Sizif: Literaturni eseï]
In the preface to the book Riabchuk offers a brief description of his own path “from literary studies to political science,” due primarily to a shift known as the “ghettoization” of literary criticism already after Ukraine’s independence, its functioning mainly within a circle of the “consecrated” and “chosen,” and, therefore, also due to the minimal influence of critical writing on social transformation. The author proposes an important thesis in the context of the book of a mutual interdependence of both the elite and the egalitarian cultural worlds, of the need to build interpretative...
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