Voroshylovhrad - A Presentation by Ukrainian Writer Serhiy Zhadan

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
6:00 pm
Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor Pulitzer Hall (Graduate School of Journalism, 2950 Broadway at 116th St)
Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for a presentation by Ukrainian writer Serhiy ZhadanThe writer will read excerpts from the recently published English-language translation of his award-winning novel Voroshylovhrad, as well as a selection of his recent poems.
 
The 2010 novel, Voroshylovhrad, set in Zhadan’s native Luhansk oblast, has won many awards including the BBC Ukraine Book of the Decade award in 2014.
 
Translators Reilly Costigan-Humes, Isaac Wheeler and Virlana Tkacz will be participating in the event.
 
Serhiy Zhadan is a popular poet of the post-independence generation in Ukraine. His work speaks to the disillusionment, difficulties and ironies that the collapse of the Soviet Union has brought. His readings fill large auditoriums and he publishes regularly. He is considered to be Ukraine’s most important poet of the decade and even one of the leading voices of the last century. Serhiy Zhadan was born on August 23, 1974 in the village of Starobilsk in the Luhansk Region of eastern Ukraine. He graduated from the Kharkiv Teacher’s College where he wrote a thesis on the work of Mykhail Semenko and the Ukrainian Futurist writers of the 1920s. He currently lives in Kharkiv and writes poetry, prose and essays and also translates from German, Belarusian, Polish and Russian. He is the author of the collections of poetry: Rose Degenerate (1993) Quotations (1995) General Judas (1995), Pepsi (1998), the very, very best poems, psychedelic stories of fighting and other bullshit (selected works 1992-2000, 2000), Ballads about War and Reconstruction (2001), History of Culture at the Turn of This Century (2003), UkSSR (2004), Maradona (2007), Lili Marlene (2009), Ethiopia (2009), and Gunshot and Cutlery (2012).  His is the author of the prose publications: Big Mac (2003), Depeche Mode (2004), Anarchy in the UKR (2005), The Hymn of the Democratic Youth (2006), Voroshylovhrad (2010), Big Mac and Other Stories (2011), and Mesopotamia (2014).  In 2014, Voroshylovhrad received the prestigious Jan Michalski Prize for Literature and the BBC Best Book of the Decade award. Serhiy Zhadan has also written several theater pieces, which have been staged in Kharkiv and New York. He has compiled and edited several anthologies of poetry and prose.  His work has been translated into German, English, Swedish, French, Italian, Polish, Hungarian, Slovak, Slovenian, Serbian, Croatian, Lithuanian, Belarusian, Russian and Armenian. He performs in the band Sobaky v Kosmosi (Dogs in Space).
 
This event is free and open to the public.
 
For more information please contact Dr. Mark Andryczyk at 212-854-4697 or at ma2634@columbia.edu
 
For directions to Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall) visit here.