Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute, Columbia University for a reading with writer Yuri Andrukhovych.
Yuri Andrukhovych will be reading from his latest English-language publication My Final Territory, a collection of philosophical, autobiographical, political, and literary essays. My Final Territory showcases Mr. Andrukhovych’s unique voice and provides insight into the Ukrainian experience of nationality and identity. One of the book’s translators, Mark Andryczyk, will also participate in the event.
Yuri Andrukhovych is one of Ukraine’s preeminent authors and cultural commentators. In 1985, together with Viktor Neborak and Oleksandr Irvanets, he founded the popular literary performance group Bu-Ba-Bu (Burlesque-Bluster-Buffoonery). He has published four poetry books—Nebo i ploshchi (Sky and Squares, 1985), Seredmistia (Downtown, 1989), Ekzotychni ptakhy i roslyny (Exotic Birds and Plants, 1991, new editions 1997 and 2002) and Pisni dlia mertvoho pivnia (Songs for a Dead Rooster, 2004).
A leading Ukrainian prose writer, Andrukhovych has published the prose works Rekreatsiï (Recreations, 1992), Moskoviada (The Moscoviad, 1993), Perverziia (Perverzion, 1996), Dezoriientatsiia na mistsevosti (Disorientation on Location, 1999), Dvanadtsiat obruchiv (Twelve Circles, 2003), Dyiavol khovaiet'sia v syri (The Devil Is in the Cheese, 2006), Taiemnytsia (Mystery, 2007), Leksykon intymnykh mist (Lexicon of Intimate Cities, 2011), Tut pokhovanyi Fantomas (Fantomas Has Been Buried, 2015), and Kokhantsi Iustytsii (Darlings of Justice, 2018). Together with the Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk he co-authored Moia Ievropa (My Europe, 2000 and 2001).
He is the winner of five prestigious international literary awards: the Herder Prize (Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, Hamburg, 2001), the Erich-Maria Remarque Piece Prize (Osnabrück, 2005), the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding (2006), the Angelus Central European Literary Award (Wroclaw, 2006), and the Hannah Arendt Prize for Political Thought (Bremen, 2014). In 2016, he was awarded the Goethe Medal by the German government.