Ukraine 22: Ukrainian Writers Respond to War
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Mark Andryczyk of his latest publication, Ukraine 22: Ukrainian Writers Respond to War (Penguin, 2023). Moderated by Yuri Shevchuk (Columbia University).
A selection of Ukraine’s leading writers convey the reality of life within Ukraine during the first year of the invasion
Life had lost its sense and its direction and storyline, too. We didn’t understand how and where to live. What kind of story will flow from what we managed to sense in the first days of the war? Are we really still alive or are we just dreaming about one another?
On 24 February 2022, the lives of Ukrainians were devastatingly altered. Since that day, many of Ukraine’s writers have attempted to fathom what is happening to them and to their country. This anthology brings together writing from inside Ukraine, by Ukrainians, much of it available in English for the first time. Here they document everyday life, ponder the role of culture amid conflict, denounce Russian imperialism and revisit their relations with the world, especially Europe and its ideals, as they try to comprehend the horrors of war.
Mark Andryczyk has administered the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University and has taught Ukrainian literature at its Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures since 2007. He has a PhD in Ukrainian Literature from the University of Toronto (2005). His monograph The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012. In 2008-2016 he organized the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series (cosponsored by the Harriman and Kennan Institutes), which brought leading Ukrainian literary figures to audiences in North America. Andryczyk is editor and compiler and a translator of The White Chalk of Days, the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology (Academic Studies Press, 2017). He has translated eleven essays by Yuri Andrukhovych for the award-winning publication My Final Territory: Selected Essays (University of Toronto Press, 2018).) He has recently guest-edited a special issue of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies (vol. 9, no. 1, 2022) that focuses on Ukrainian culture and the Donbas war. His translation of Volodymyr Rafeyenko’s novel Mondegreen: Songs about Death and Love (Harvard Library of Ukrainian Literature, 2022) was short-listed for several international translation prizes. Andryczyk is the editor, compiler and a translator of Ukraine 22: Ukrainian Writers Respond to War (Penguin, 2023).