A Sort of Chautauqua

Monday, October 20, 2014
7:30pm
Harriman Atrium (12h Floor IAB, 420 West 118th Street)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute and the Kennan Institute for a talk by Oleksandr Boichenko.
 
Oleksandr Boichenko is a literary critic, publicist, essayist and translator.  A graduate of Chernivtsi University in 1992 he went on to complete his PhD at the Institute of Literature of the Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 1996.  From 1995-2008 he taught foreign literature and literary theory at Chernivtsi University.  Since 2008 he has been working as a freelance journalist.  Between 2002-2010, together with writer Yuri Andrukhovych, Mr. Boichenko co-edited the internet journal Poitah76.  He has received the Gaude Polonia scholarship from Poland’s Ministry of Culture three times.  In 2003, his book Shchos’ na kshtalt shatokua (A Sort of Chautauqua, 2003), was awarded top prize in the creative essay category by the prestigious Knyha Roku (Book of the Year) competition.  He is also author of the books Shatokua plius (Chautauqua Plus, 2005), Aby knyzhka (To Have a Book, 2011) and Moi sered chuzhykh (Mine Among Strangers, 2012).
 
His published translations from Polish into Ukrainian include a collection of stories by Tadeusz Borowsky entitled U nas, v Aushvitsi (At Our Place, in Auschwitz), Daniel Odija’s novel Tartak (The Sawmill), several plays by Michał Walczak, Małgoryata Sikorska-Miszczuk, Paweł Demirski and Michał Zadara as well as short prose works by Marek Hłasko, Józef Hen, Andrzej Stasiuk, and Olga Tokarczuk, among others.  His translation from Russian into Ukrainian include Victor Erofeyev’s novel Khoroshyi Stalin (The Good Stalin) and Igor Pomerantsev’s story Basks’kyi sobaka (The Basque Dog).
 
Oleksandr Boichenko lives and works in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
 
The event is part of the Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series.