The first 2014 issue of Krytyka opens with Lyubov Morozova’s “Listen to the Music of Revolution!” in which she tells about the famous “piano terrorist” of the Maidan and analyzes the music he played, as well as other musical inspirations of the Maidan. Morozova, musiccritic and researcher from Kyiv, explains how movie soundtracks made the Italian avant-garde composer Ludovico Einaudi famous worldwide and a favorite of the “terrorists.”
Tamara Zlobina, Ukrainian author and feminist activist, continues discussing the Maidan in her article “A Molotov Cocktail of One's Own.” She describes her experience of accepting and analyzing the reality of the Maidan without recourse to ideological frames, and abandoning her usual approaches (based on someone else’s theories), and simply discovering the new political identity of the Ukrainian people in the making.
In “Vaisberg’s Wall: Trauma and Catastrophe” Olexander Chertenko reviews “The Wall,” the exhibition of post-Maidan paintings by Kyiv artist Matvey Vaisberg, providing an extensive context to his work and his inspirations. Alice E.Marwick of Fordham Law School writes on the opaque activities of data-mining and database marketing, the industry of collecting, aggregating, and brokering personal data, in her “How Your Data Are Being Deeply Mined.” The piece appeared in The New York Review of Books (vol. 61, No. 1) which Krytyka presents in translation as the exclusive partner of NYRB in Ukraine.
In his “Declassified,” the Kyiv-based historian Yuri Shapoval reviews two books, which are compilations of the selected documents from former KGB archives relating to the repressions against the Ukrainian intelligentsia and the total elimination of any political and intellectual alternative to Bolshevism in the early years of the Communist regime.
German historian Guido Hausmann examines the impact World War I on Ukrainian political and national identities and the perception of Ukraine as a political actor in his article “The First World War and the Ukrainian Culture of Defeat.” The article provides a historical overview, and challenges prevailing views on the consequences of WW I for Ukraine. It was originally published in OstEuropa magazine (No. 2-4, 2014).
In his essay “Wedding Cabbage” Vasyl Makhno, New York-based Ukrainian poet and essayist, writes on his travel to Serbia, on its landscape and literature, its great writers and uneven politics, its mesmerizing texture of poetry, wounds, talent, and hate.
The issue concludes with a sequel to “ The University From Within: Notes from an Expedition,” a collection of short stories on the preposterous routines of post-Soviet Ukrainian universities which Ukrainian author Olha Demianenko (a pseudonym) published in September-October issue of Krytyka in 2013.