Writing from Ukraine

Writing from Ukraine

Fiction, Poetry and Essays since 1965


A selection of fifteen of Ukraine's most important, dynamic and entertaining contemporary writers

Under USSR rule, the subject matter and style of literary expression in Ukraine was strictly controlled and censored. But once Ukraine gained independence in 1991 its literary scene flourished, as the moving and delightful poems, essays and extracts collected here show.

There are fifteen authors included in this book, both established and emerging, and in this anthology we see them grappling with history and the future, with big questions and small moments.

From essays about Chernobyl to poetry about Robbie Williams, from fiction discussing Jimmy Hendrix live in Lviv to underground Ukrainian poetry of the Soviet era, WRITING FROM UKRAINE offers a unique window into a rich culture, a chance to experience a particularly Ukrainian sensibility and to celebrate Ukraine's nationhood, as told by its writers.


  • Timely ... an excellent anthology of the work of Ukrainian writers from the past fifty years ... as this collection eloquently shows, Ukraine's writers have forged their own unique cultural identity ... these writers tell the story of modern Ukraine through entrancing meditations on Ukrainian daily life ... powerful
    PD Smith, Guardian

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