The January–February, 2019 issue of Krytyka opens with an article on “Reading the River” by Mykola Riabchuk, writer and critic, Honorary President of the Ukrainian PEN Center and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He reviews Adrian Cybriwsky’s book Along Ukraine’s River: A Social and Environmental History of the Dnipro (Central European University Press, 2018; in English this review was recently published in Transitions Online, www.tol.org). For Ukrainians all around the world, the Dnieper River (Dnipro) is not only a transport route and energy source, but also a symbol of national identity and consciousness as well as a national icon and cultural symbol that also figures within various broader contexts, from the political to the religious.
In his “From ‘Little Russia’ to ‘Novorossiia’” Pavlo Artymyshyn, historian and Junior Research Fellow at the Department of Modern History at the Ivan Krypiakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies, examines the Crimean and Donetsk journalism of the early 1990’s that presaged the current hybrid war in the Donbas. Specifically, he focuses on the writings of the Donetsk journalist Dmytro Kornilov, his brother Volodymyr Kornilov, director of the Ukrainian branch of the CIS Countries Institute headed by Konstantin Zatulin, the Kyiv journalist Oles Buzyna, the first so called ‘People’s Governor’ of the Donetsk region Pavel Gubarev as well as the Crimean writer Platon Biesiedin.
Loren Graham, Professor Emeritus of the History of Science in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, specializes in the history of science and the study of contemporary science and technology in Russia. His paper “A Healthy Cow, A Healthy Society, Healthy High Technologies” was presented at the Kyiv International Economic Forum (October 18, 2018) and examines the paradoxes of implementing new technologies in Ukraine. He emphasizes the difference between ‘invention’ and ‘innovation’ and concludes that Ukraine has many inventors and few innovators because innovators require society’s protection, especially from corruption.
The Ukrainian literary critic, lecturer at the Departmant of Ukrainian Literature at the Yuri Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University Svitlana Vardevanyan investigates the semantics of traditional stories and images in Ukrainian literature. In her “‘It’s Just From Outside the Circus...,’ or How to Get Into Being” she reviews the novel Lovers of Justice by Yuri Andrukhovych, and examines how Dante’s Divine Comedy models his prose and the structure of at least two of his novels – Moskoviada and Lovers of Justice.
The memorial essay “Edward, Man-of-Iron” by Vitaliy Zhezhera, theatre critic, journalist and essayist, is devoted to the recently deceased theatre director and founder of the Kyiv Drama and Comedy Theatre on the Left Bank, Eduard Mitnitsky (04.08.1931–31.10.2018), who staged over 150 theatre performances in Ukraine and abroad and nurtured several generations of Ukrainian directors and actors.