From the Publisher
About the Translator
Marko Pavlyshyn is Mykola Zerov Senior Lecturer in Ukrainian Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Canon and Iconostasis (Kyiv, 1997) and many articles on contemporary Ukrainian literature.
About the Author
Yuri Andrukhovych was born in 1960 in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. He began publishing in literary journals in 1982. In 1985, together with Viktor Neborak and Oleksandr Irvanets, he founded the popular literary performance group "Bu-Ba-Bu" (Burlesque-Bluster-Buffoonery). This association was a seminal part of the literary culture of the 1980s, and its members continue to be active. Andrukhovych's first book, Sky and Squares (poems), appeared in 1985. Military service in 1983 and 1984 inspired him to write a series of seven "army stories", that were published in 1989. The life of a soldier in the "Red Army" was the subject of his screenplay which was the basis for A. Donchyk's film Oxygen Starvation (1991). From 1989 to 1991 he studied in Moscow at the M.Gorky Literary Institute. At that time he published more poetry books Downtown (1989) and Exotic Birds and Plants (1991, new edition 1997). Andrukhovych's prose works, the novels Recreations (1992, new edition 1997), ! Moscoviad (1993, new edition 1997), and Perversion (1996, new edition 1997) made a great impression on readers in Ukraine and abroad. With Yuri Izdryk Andrukhovych co-edited Thursday, "an irregular journal of texts and visions".