The July–August issue of Krytyka opens with the first part of “Ukrainian Nationalism Since the Outbreak of the Euromaidan” by Volodymyr Kulyk, a leading expert in Ukrainian media discourses, and Krytyka’s editorial board member. The article, which was first publish in English and Russian in No. 3–4 of the Ab Imperio magazine (appearing in Russia), examines the major changes that have occurred in Ukrainian nationalism as a result of the Euromaidan protests and the Russian intervention in the Crimea and Donbas. Kulyk focuses particularly on Facebook posts “where,” as he argues, “both ideology and sentiment are nowadays routinely expressed and recorded.”
In her “Protest Songs and Battle Hymns”Lyubov Morozova, music critic and researcher from Kyiv, analyzes the phenomenon of the highly popular Belarusian rock-band “Lyapis Trubetskoy,” authors of one of the most important songs of the Ukrainian revolution, and particularly the evolution of their esthetics and messages.
The Kyiv philosopher Serhiy Proleev reviews the biography of Oleksandr Dovzhenko, the distinguished Ukrainian film director (1894–1956) best known as “a poet as filmmaker” and the founder of Ukranian “poetic cinema” in the 20th century. In his “At a High Price: The Private History of ‘Poetic Cinema’,” the author explains some of Dovzhenko’s best works as a side product of the tension between him and the Soviet regime he had to collaborate with, and also of his passion for expressionist art.
Robert Kagan reviews the mission of the United States as a global superpower and the issue of responsibility in his exhaustive survey “Superpowers Don’t Get to Retire. What our tired country still owes the world.” The piece first appeared in The New Republic (May, 2014). Krytyka presents the Ukrainian translation (the first part of which appears in this issue) with the kind permission of the editors.
Louis Begley reviews “A Taste for Intrigue: The Multiple Lives of François Mitterrand,” a biography of Mitterand by Philip Short, in his “How Wily Mitterrand Transformed France.” Begley himself was presented to the president of France, and he mixes his short impressions with a vision of Mitterand’s epoch. The piece first appeared in The New York Review of Books (vol. 61, No. 10).
The issue concludes with an essay by Steven Poole “Against the Modern Cult of Spontaneity” attacking the trend to praise spontaneity and questioning the sincerity of this ideology. The piece first appeared in The New Republic(July, 2014). Again, Krytyka presents the Ukrainian translation with the permission of the editors.