Currently, the Ukrainian literature is reinventing itself due to the declaration of independence and lifting of the censorship that took place in the Soviet Union. Most contemporary mainstream literary works in Ukrainian literature lie within the postmodernism dimension. The voice of the contemporary Ukrainian is the voice of the Ukrainian nation striving for freedom and recognition.
Many masterpieces demonstrate the history of the country, hidden desires of people, and the irony inherent in every citizen since childhood. If you want to learn more about the modern Ukrainian literature, «Destinations» rounds up the list of authors whose works have been recently published in foreign languages.
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Yurii Andrukhovich is the author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, and essays. He is a public activist who participated in the event of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and the vice president of the Association of Ukrainian Writers. Western critics define Andrukhovych as one of the most outstanding representatives of postmodernism. His works are translated into many European languages. In particular, Perverzion (Writings from an Unbound Europe) is published in Germany and Poland.
Serhiy Zhadan is an author of such worldwide popular novels as Voroshilovgrad and Depeche Mode, as well as a number of poems. He is the voice of Ukraine with his sincere and truthful works full of irony and self-expression. The texts of the writer are translated into English, Swedish, Italian, Hungarian, Serbian, Czech, Lithuanian, Russian, Armenian, and other languages.
A talented Ukrainian author, Oksana Zabuzhko grew up in an intelligent family who were repressed during the ruling of Stalin. She is a philosopher, publicist, writer, and poetess whose work is soaked with feminist motives and human relations issues. Her novels are translated into more than 20 languages. The best books to read are Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex and The Museum of Abandoned Secrets.
The works of Maria Matios won numerous awards, including the BBC Book of the Year in 2008. She is one of the best-selling writers and influential women in Ukraine, a former deputy at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament), and an extremely fruitful writer. The author of 12 volumes of poetry and prose is considered to be the most productive modern Ukrainian writer. Her most widely known works include: “Sweet Darusia” (2003-2005), “Nation” (2002-2003) and “The Short Life” (2001). Matios bases her books on her family history that has been preserved by the family through the centuries and goes back to 1790.
Her works are widely represented in the world. Hardly Ever Otherwise was published in English in the U.K. and Australia in 2012.