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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Canadian Inst of Ukranian Study Pr (July 10, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1895571243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1895571240
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,594,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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".

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
A good read. Congrats to the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press for bringing this one out. It would also be great to one day see Ukrainian authors like Yevhen PAshkovsky and Ihor Klekh in english translation for our American readership. Later dudes, Alex Sydorenko, Chicago, June 1999
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By yuriy diakunchak on November 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you only read one book in the next few months, try to make Recreations your choice.
An English translation of Yuri Andrukhovych's first novel, Recreations (first published in Ukrainian 1992) is a riveting look at a night in the life of a group of hard drinking poets attending a festival.
Andrukhovych is not very well known yet in North America. The only other literary work of his that has appeared in translation so far was a short story in "From Three Worlds; New Writing From Ukraine" (also available from Amazon.com) reviewed in Zdorov! magazine (Winter 1998). The writer is bound to become better known in the future (he appeared at the 19th Annual International Festival of Authors in Toronto and was interviewed in a Bravo! special aired in the spring of 1999).
The book's narrative opens in 1991 just prior to Ukraine's independence. Khomsky (Khoma), a poet, is returning to Ukraine from Leningrad to attend a revival of the long forgotten "Festival of the Resurrecting Spirit". Held in the mythical Chortopil, the novel describes the festival as commemorating a time when "Emancipated souls celebrated their renewal, Free Laughter and Untrammelled Poetry ascended to waft over the sinful earth, and the Dastardly Skeletal One retreated before the implacable blows of Human immorality."
The festival, "an orgy of popular culture, civic dysfunction, national pride, and sex," becomes a backdrop on which Andrukhovych examines the interactions of four poets, Khoma, Yurko Nemyrych, Hryts Shtundera, and Rostyslav Martofliak who contend with the cultural baggage of being Ukrainian. The festival is run by one Matsapura, (the name alludes to the scoundrel Pavlo Matsapura, a character in Ivan Kotliarevsky's Eneida).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "valeniko" on October 28, 2001
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"Recreations" contains the whole set of everknown motifs with which the author, though, playes so artistically, in such dazzling and brilliant manner, that the reader cannot be but fascinated by this game. Novel in the novel,a writer, a lover, Devil himself who controls the condensed time, the carnival spirit, and a tragedy despite the unending laughter ... somewhere in the beginning of the XX century, Mikhail Bulgakov, "Master and Margarita". Same themes, yet so drastically different. Romantic Master (a madman, too!) becomes the wandering Khomsky (what is his madnees like? putting on women`s pantyhose to entertain the guests?), his novel (in the novel!) ever remains unwritten, his earthly love (Margarita? Marta?) - is now the wife of his close friend, a provincial Bovari in a cheap hotel; the devil (foreigner), Bulgakov`s irresistable Woland, turnes into Mr. Poppel, who, instead of sharing Biblical stories, shares his personal stock of condoms and sandwiches with the two Ukrainian poets heading for the fiest. The night of mystery and the fifth dimension (Satan`s ball in "Master and Margarita") becomes the night of gothic horror and bitter joy. "Recreations" - the novel of our time and about our time. Very Ukrainian. Very universal. One night in one little town forgotten by God and people; the tragedy of one nation. Somebody`s history. Marginal is cenral. Amen.
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By "valeniko" on October 28, 2001
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"Recreations" contains the whole set of everknown motifs with which the author, though, playes so artistically, in such dazzling and brilliant manner, that the reader cannot be but fascinated by this game. Novel in the novel,a writer, a lover, Devil himself who controls the condensed time, the carnival spirit, and a tragedy despite the unending laughter ... somewhere in the beginning of the XX century, Mikhail Bulgakov, "Master and Margarita". Same themes, yet so drastically different. Romantic Master (a madman, too!) becomes the wandering Khomsky (what is his madness like? putting on women`s pantyhose to entertain the guests?), his novel (in the novel!) ever remains unwritten, his earthly love (Margarita? Marta?) - is now the wife of his close friend, a provincial Bovari in a cheap hotel; the devil (foreigner), Bulgakov`s irresistable Woland, turnes into Mr. Poppel, who, instead of sharing Biblical stories, shares his personal stock of condoms and sandwiches with the two Ukrainian poets heading for the fiest. The night of mystery and the fifth dimension (Satan`s ball in "Master and Margarita") becomes the night of gothic horror and bitter joy. "Recreations" - the novel of our time and about our time. Very Ukrainian. Very universal. One night in one little town forgotten by God and people; the tragedy of one nation. Somebody`s history. Marginal is central. Amen.
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I chose this rating because I enjoyed Andukhovych's prose throughout this text. This was an awesome course text for my Slavic Culture/Civilization class in college.
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