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In the preface to the book Riabchuk offers a brief description of his own path “from literary studies to political science,” due primarily to a shift known as the “ghettoization” of literary criticism already after Ukraine’s independence, its functioning mainly within a circle of the “consecrated” and “chosen,” and, therefore, also due to the minimal influence of critical writing on social transformation. The author proposes an important thesis in the context of the book of a mutual interdependence of both the elite and the egalitarian cultural worlds, of the need to build interpretative...
This broad analytical cross-section surveys the general state of Postmodern Studies in Ukrainian literary criticism, which remains relatively new in the Ukrainian context, while elucidating local scholars’ perceptions of postmodernism. In this context, Kharchuk defines the 1990-2000s as the postmodern period and examines various writers' works of prose published in the period. She resists the temptation to divide the authors into postmodernists and non-postmodernists—or, even more perilously, to single out only those who can be called postmodern.
The Museum of Abandoned Secrets is a sort of deconstructed family saga-cum-detective novel. The two main characters, a journalist and an antiques dealer, seek to disentangle the intricacies of their families’ and neighbours’ families’ pasts—intricacies tinged with blood, betrayal, loyalty, and steeped in 20th century history: the Ukrainian Insurgent Army, the Holodomor, the Thaw, etc. Symbolically, the novel ends in 2004, on the eve of another historically notable moment—the Orange Revolution. Thus, it is about dignity, choice, and idealism—everything that materialized so distinctly in 2004.
Ukraine is the European present. We have now reached a point where Ukrainian history and European history are very much the same thing, for good or for evil. The European Union is no longer alone in the world. The European Union can no longer delude itself that it has no enemies.
During the II World war something happened in Yugoslavia that was not mentioned later very much in our schoolbooks. And this was the civil war. There was an antifascist war, there also was a communist revolution with Tito, but there was also the civil was between Serbs and Croats, which had enormous consequences for the war to come in Balkans in former Yugoslavia.
International conference Ukraine: Thinking Together
Panel Seven: Can memory save us from history? Can history save us from memory? Monday May 19, 2014 (Diplomatic Academy,Kyiv)
Participants: Timothy Snyder, chair, Slavenka Drakulić, Olga Filippova, Frank Foer, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Martin Šimečka, Andrey Kurkov.