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My Final Territory at War: An Evening with Yuri Andrukhovych
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Please join the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute for My Final Territory at War: An Evening with Yuri Andrukhovych. Moderated by Mark Andryczyk.

Yuri Andrukhovych will read from recent publications of his writing in English translation, including Ukraine 22: Ukrainian Writers Respond to War (Penguin, 2023) and My Final Territory: Selected Essays (University of Toronto Press, reprinted 2023). Yuri Andrukhovych will also preview new translations of his poetry and prose from forthcoming publications and discuss Ukraine two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion.

At the event, John Hennessy and Mark Andryczyk will be presenting excerpts of their recent English-language translations of Yuri Andrukhovych’s works.

Yuri Andrukhovych was born in 1960 in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. He studied at Ukrainian Printing Academy (1977 – 1982) and in Moscow Literary Institute (1989 – 1991). 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 five poetry books — Sky and Squares (1985), Downtown (1989), Exotic Birds and Plants (1991, new editions 1997 and 2002) The Songs for A Dead Rooster (2004) and The Letters fromUkraine (2013).

Andrukhovych`s prose works, the novels Recreations (1992), Moscoviad (1993), Perverzion (1996), Twelve Circles (2003), Mystery (2007), Darlings of Justice (1918) and Radio Night (2021) have had a great impact on readers in Ukraine.  Andrukhovych also writes literary essays (collected in Disorientation in Locality, 1999, The Devil Is in the Cheese, 2006, Lexicon of Intimate Cities, 2011 and  Fantomas Has Been Burried Here, 2015. Together with Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk he published My Europe (2000 – Polish and 2001 – Ukrainian edition).

Yuri Andrukhovych’s books are translated and published in Poland, Germany, Canada, USA, Hungary, Finland, Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Northern Macedonia, Slovenia and other countries – alltogether into 22 languages. He is alaureate of six prestigious international literary awards: Herder Preis (Alfred Toepfer Stiftung, Hamburg, 2001), Erich-Maria Remarque Friedenspreis (Germany, Osnabrück, 2005), Leipziger Buchpreis zur EuropäischenVerständigung (Germany, 2006), Central-European Literary Award Angelus (Poland, Wroclaw, 2006), Hannah-Arendt-Preis für politisches Denken (Germany, Bremen, 2014), Vilenica International Literary Prize (Slovenia, 2017), Heinrich-Heine-Preis (Germany, 2022).

Image: Valentyn Kuzan