Nominace 2018

Moldova

Marcel Gherman

Prose writer and essayist.

His book Universuri paralele (Parallel Universes) has been selected in the 2018 project Chisinaul citeste (Chisinau reads) that includes a series of public readingsand meetings in libraries and schools.

Parallel Universes (Universuri paralele)

Parallel Universes (Universuri paralele) (Stiinta Publishing House, 2017) is a collection of science-fiction and fantasy prose.   The book is an omnibus that contains two novels and a collection of short stories:  science-fiction novel Multiverse (Multivers), dark fantasy novel Last Testament of the Kingdom of Nirgalia (Testramentul regatului Nirgalia), and the collection of fantasy short fiction Stories from the realm of Pandava (Istorisiri din taramul Pandava)

Belarus

Max Shchur / Max Ščur / Макс Шчур

Foto: Burdová Václava

Zdroj: https://www.denik.cz/ostatni_kultura/spisovatel-max-scur-beloruske-vezeni-bych-nezvladl-20150927-ynqb.html

Max Shchur is a poet and an anarchist, forced to emigrate from Belarus twenty years ago after writing and staging a play about the death of a dictator.

He found political asylum in Prague, where his real literary life only began.

His novel “To Complete Gestalt” was written in Prague, in the Belarusian language, published in Ukraine and it is a seemingly simple story about a long trip to Amsterdam. Yet, it has several layers of interpretation.

To Complete Gestalt 

  • Lidia Mikheeva wrote one of the most exhaustive reviews of the novel. There she suggests, “Europe is the never-to-be-completed gestalt of a Belarusian man”. Still the narrator chooses not to dismantle the myth of Europe as a “real home of a cultured man” trivially, but to employ the attitude of an observing “outsider” that ruins the myth on the very first pages.
  • Europe is depicted here through a chain of discreet phenomena – Euro-fascists, migrants, volunteers, Russian tourists, Van Gogh museum with kitschy souvenirs. There is never one common diagnosis or prospect from the author. Only metaphysical fear to “coincide” once and forever with the masks or identities he encounters and plays with. Which brings the book close to much of the agenda of European literature today, says Lidia.

http://journalby.com/news/europa-yak-nezakryty-geshtalt-belaruski-lavec-u-zhyce-783

Novel online

Rozhovor s Maxem Ščurem v češtině:

https://www.denik.cz/ostatni_kultura/spisovatel-max-scur-beloruske-vezeni-bych-nezvladl-20150927-ynqb.html

Alhierd Bakharevich / Альгерд Бахарэвіч (1975) 

Alhierd Bakharevich was born in Minsk in 1975.

After some years spent in Germany, he returned to Belarus in 2013 and currently lives in Minsk with his wife – a poet and translator Julia Tsimafeeva.

The fact that Alhierd Bakharevich has been trusted to be a jury member of the prestigious Gedroyc Literary Award four times proves him authoritative and popular among the readers, critics and fellow authors.

His works have been translated into German, Czech, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Slovenian, Russian and Polish. Here is a link to a more detailed entry about him (his biography and literary career in English) in Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alhierd_Baharevich

Dogs of Europe / Сабакі Эўропы 

Логвінаў, 2017 anti-utopia in Belarusian 900 pages

Anti-utopia, about Belarus and Europe 50 years from now, which has already won itself the reputation of the most attractive anti-bestseller. • One of the slogans of the book intriguingly claims: “You will never read this book” (the volume of the book – it is more than 900 pages long – and frequent passages in the constructed language Balbuta would intimidate a hesitating reader).

Yet, more people perceive it as a personal intellectual challenge and go for it.

Extract from the book in Belarusian: https://lohvinau.by/брысь-мова-брысь-урывак-з-новага-рама/

Andrus Horvat / Андрусь Горват (1983)

https://nn.by/?c=ar&i=173486&lang=ru

  •      Andrus Horvat was born in 1983.
  •      In 2006, he graduated from Belarusian State University (with Journalism as his major).
  •      From autumn 2013 to spring 2015, he worked as a janitor in the National Theatre.
  •      In 2015, he moved to his village Prudok, which is in Homiel region.
  •      He intends to live there all his life and die there. (https://nn.by/?c=ar&i=151216)

More information about him: https://www.livelib.ru/author/961061-andrus-gorvat

To Complete Gestalt 

Галiяфы, 2017 / a journal in Belarusian / 248 pages

It is not common for a Belarusian writer to publish more than 500 copies of a book.

Horvat published 1000 – and sold them out within two days. He published another 1000 copies – and the book disappeared within a few days again. Then there was the third publication, which really makes history in the Belarusian literary process.

His first and only book so far, Radio Prudok, is a chronicle of escape of a Belarusian “Taoist”.

This history of a successful downshifting, loneliness in the neglected village unexpectedly strongly resonated with thousands and thousands of people.

 

Links and interviews

http://journalby.com/news/radziva-prudok-fenomen-andrusya-gorvata-870

https://www.sb.by/articles/andrus-gorvat-pratsyagu-prudka-ne-budze.html

https://news.tut.by/culture/535717.html

https://symbal.by/t/940-andrus-horvat-radziva-prudok/

Theater adaptation

https://afisha.tut.by/news/culture/592863.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yllewMuwkS4

Extracts  from the journal (published in Nasha Niva newspaper in 2015 – his extracts were the most popular reading that year)

https://nn.by/?c=ar&i=151216

 

Georgia

Archil Kikodze (1972)

His essays and novels are regularly published in popular magazines Literaturuli Palitra and Hot Chocolate.

Kikodze won Literary Prize GALA for a book of short stories Calmly.

His collected Essays (2012) and short stories The Story of a Bird and a Man (2013) later receiving SABA Award as the best prose collection of the year were both published by Siesta Publishing House.

Southern Elephant

a novel / Sulakauri Publishing House, 2017 / in Georgian / 273 pages

  Southern Elephant is probably by now the latest thing in recent Georgian literature, it manages to capture the invisible spirit of the times, the Zeitgeist.

  The novel’s reader can expect a novel a clé which blends nostalgia and melancholy and (to quote Roland Barthes) pleasure derived from a text. /Z. Andronikashvili, writer/.

  Southern Elephant is an urban novel whose action takes place in a single day.

  The novel has one other important character, Tbilisi, with its complex relationships, its social obligations, sometimes heavy, sometimes light, sometimes happy and sometimes tragic, but more often than not grotesque. The narrator knows his city only too well, it has brought him a great deal of pain.

  The novel has one other theme: cinematography.

  This is a novel about moral dilemmas, about how to stay human.

An exctract from the novel: https://issuu.com/floydianmike/docs/archil_kikodze._the_southern_elepha

Armenia

Armen of Armenia

Armen of Armenia (Armen Ohanyan) is a fiction writer and essayist.

He is known for his short story collectionThe Return of Kikos, published in 2013.

Mommyland: the Flag

Armen of Armenia’s Mommyland: the Flag  was released after 3 years of his short story collection The Return of Kikos. The presentation of the book took place on the 19th of September at Artbridge book store cafe all through midday to midnight.

It includes three novels – Mommyland: the Flag, Mommyland: the Hymn, and Mommyland: the Seal.

All three novels are written with the principle of the synthesis of rhetoric, screenplay, and poetic prose.

Links and reviews

https://armenpress.am/eng/news/863812/erevanyan-bestseler-4/33-mayreniq-drosh-n-arajatar-e-varkanishayin.html

http://asyou.pinkarmenia.org/culture/2015/armen_ohanyan/?lang=en

Susanna Harutyunyan

Susanna Harutyunyan is a fiction writer.

She is one of the most acclaimed women writers in Armenia with a bibliography of

8 published books and numerous publications in short story anthologies.

Ukraine

Artem Cheh / Aртeм Чeх / Artem Čech (1985)

Artem Cheh (born 1985) is a Ukrainian writer and journalist.

Together with his wife Iryna Cilyk wrote the guide book Awesome Ukraine (2012), and also took part in several common editions dedicated to the Revolution of Honor in Kyiv and the war on the east of Ukraine.

In 2015-2016 as a soldier took part in the war.

On the base of this experience he wrote a book The Zero Point (2017).

The Zero Point / Toчка нуль

Charkiv: Vivat Publishing House, 2017 / худoжнiй рeпoртаж / in Ukrainian /224 pages

Non-fiction literature has recently come to the forefront in Ukraine: there are many authors who write non-fiction, and readers are interested to read it. This genre gives an opportunity to describe Ukraine, its everyday life, but also important events such as Majdan or war on the East.

  •   The author spent 10 months on the battle line in the East of Ukraine near small town Popasna.
  •   He writes about his experiences, but warns that „it is not a book about war. It’s about me, a man who has little to do with the war, with such aggressive brutal things as the gun…“ (from the interview for Litakcent). You will not find anger, tears, hate and death on the pages of this book. Or you will find them in a very small amount, much less than you would expect from a text that is a direct broadcast from the way to and from the war.
  •   It is a description of the psychological and physical difficulties encountered by the average intelligent guy who imagined the war from the books and grandparents‘ talks, who wants to accomplish his task, contribute to the peace, and finally just meets reality. It will for sure change him, but in a completely different way than he or the reader of a book expect.

Kateryna Kalytko / Kатeрина Kалиткo (1982)

Kateryna Kalytko is a writer and translator.

She published six poetry books, last one was named Torture Chamber. Vineyard. House (2014).

She is also the author of two books of short stories, the second one is The Earth of the Lost, or the Little Terrible Tales (2017) and she won the BBC Book of the Year prize for it.

She is also a translator from the Balkan languages.

Her texts were also translated to different world languages.

She is a laureate of several Ukrainian and European literature awards.

The Earth of the Lost, or the Little Terrible Tales / Земля загублених, або маленькі страшні казки

The Old Lion Publishing House/Видавництво Старого Лева, 2017 / a book of short stories / in Ukrainian /224 pages

https://starylev.com.ua/zemlya-zagublenyh

Each story is based on some real-life experience, but is mixed with myth, with legend and with a special focus of view.

Kalytko works with very difficult themes as the trauma, people’s aggression, death and birth, self-identification and cooperation with the other people.

Extracts from the book: https://starylev.com.ua/zemlya-zagublenyh

Myroslav Lajuk / Myroslav Layuk / Мирoслав Лаюк (1990)

He belongs to the young generation in Ukrainian literature.

He began as a poet, his first book Cirsium (Осоте!) was published at 2013 after it won the Smoloskyp prize, which is the most prestigious prize for beginners in Ukrainian literature.

His second book of poetry was published at 2015 (Metrofobie) and the novel Babornja is his first prose book.

He is also known because of his researches on the Ukrainian poetry from 1980th (mainly Vasyl Gerasumjuk’s poetry) and the editing of the anthology of the contemporary Ukrainian poetry (2018).

For more information see: Мирoслав Лаюк

Babornja / Бабoрня

The Old Lion Publishing House, 2016 / a novel / in Ukrainian / 304 pages

Babornja is the novel about the teacher Marija Vasylivna working in the small Carpathian village for many years. Her name is so typical, her life is so ordinary. Or we just may think so at the beginning of the novel. We may think that she is a typical representative of the soviet school system, where there was no space for freedom or personal Me. This system, and its daughter Marija Vasylivna are blame, stupid and even cruel.

But as we go through the story, page by page, we see here private life, here love story, her family tragedy, and we understand her much more batter. Together with her we go through disillusion: beautiful love story, which Marija Vasylivna was hiding in her heart for many years, become the pure fantasy, which had nothing to do with reality. She is destroyed: the system she lived in doesn’t exist anymore. It’s like a sudden wake-up, back to reality. And she tries to build a new life.

This personal story is in fact the story of Ukrainian society, which is waking up after the soviet illusion. And about its attempts to build something new instead of it. It’s a new point of view on the soviet period and its heritage.

Vladimir Rafeenko / Владимир Рафеенко (1969)

https://ru.wikipedia.org

 

  •         Rafeenko Volodymyr (1969, Donetsk) comes from Ukraine.
  •         He writes in Russian and is also a philologist and culture expert.
  •         He has authored novels, collection of short stories and poems.

The Length of Days /  Долгота дней / Дoвгi часи

The Fabula Publishing House, 2017 /a novel / in Russian / 304 pages

https://fabulabook.com/product/dolgota-dnej/,

Having urgently left native occupied Donetsk, the author started to write a novel The Long Time to tell about the events that were taking place in Donbas.

There are three main characters in the novel. One of them is a novel writer. After the first part there come his short stories.

The first part of the novel narrates about a phantasmagoric city Z, that the reader would recognize as the author’s home city of Donetsk.

The second part consists of short stories that are plaited into the background of the fairy tale but are written in realistic manner, in the manner of absolute realism borders with naturalism.

Exctract from the book

https://www.e-reading.club/book.php?book=1054409

Oksana Kis / Оксана Кісь (1970)

Kis Oksana – a Ukrainian historic and anthropologist, doctoral candidate of Institute of ethnology at the Ukrainian National Academy of Science, the president of Ukrainian Association of Researchers of Feminine History, the head of Lviv City Public Organization “The Woman and Society Research Institute”, activist,  expert of Gender expert platform “The Krona gender informational and analytical center”.

Her current research is about studying the daily life of women in special historical circumstances in Soviet Ukraine in the middle of the 20th century.

More information: Oksana Kis

The Ukrainian Women in GULAG: to Survive Means to Win /  Українки в ГУЛАГу: вижити значить перемогти

Lviv: Institute of ethnology at the Ukrainian National Academy of Science / Львів:  Інститут народознавства НАН України, 2017. Culturological monograph /Культурологічна монографія in Ukrainian /288 pages

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:EOXQef5aafMJ:www.womenhistory.org.ua/index.php/novi-vydannya+&cd=8&hl=ru&ct=clnk&gl=ua

The book is the first historical and anthropological research of the daily life of GULAG female political prisoners in 1940-50s.

In total the memories of 120 women have been used in the book.

This also includes the memories of women of other nationalities (the Polish, Russians, Jews and Germans) that include vivid plots about Ukrainian women

Serhij Žadan / Сергій Жадан (1974)

About Serhij Zhadan (official web): https://www.facebook.com/serhiy.zhadan/

Serhij Žadan (česky): http://www.iliteratura.cz/Clanek/23553

 Serhiy Zhadan is a Ukrainian poet, novelist, essayist, and translator.

Zhadan is an internationally known Ukrainian writer, with 12 books of poetry and 7 novels, and winner of more than a dozen literary awards.

Інтернат  

Чернівці: Meridian Czernоwitz, 2017 / in Ukrainian / 326 pages

Інтернат – one of the most resonant events of the literary life in Ukraine in the last year  

Links and reviews

  1. «Інтернат»: війна тхне мокрою псятиною…, http://texty.org.ua/pg/article/editorial/read/79859/Internat_vijna_tkhne_mokroju_psatynoju_Novyj_roman.
  2. Я. Поліщук, Донбас як інтернат, «Буквоїд»: http://bukvoid.com.ua/reviews/books/2018/01/01/093332.html.
  3.    Я. Поліщук, Дух «мокрої псини», «Річ: часопис текстів і візій»: https://chasopys-rich.com.ua/.

Extract from the book

http://www.meridiancz.com/get_book/

Myroslav Dochynets / Мирослав Дочинець (1959)

Novelist, Philosopher, and Publicist

See more on oficial web page: http://miroslav-dochinets.com/

There surely cannot be another author in Ukraine whose writings are discussed as widely as the books written by Myroslav Dochynets. As well as being in the book shops’ Best Seller lists, his works also fill a significant gap in the ‘spiritual narrative’ of Ukrainian literature, elevating even further the brilliance of our Ukrainian language.   Colourful and lively personalities with their apt maxims are plentiful in each of the writer’s books, finding their way to readers of any age or social status.

Myroslav Dochynets has produced around twenty books of prose, dictums, and social and political essays.

Мафтeй. Kнига написана сухим пeрoм

Kарпатська вeжа, 2016. / in Ukrainian / 347 pages /novel

Extract from the novel: http://slovoprosvity.org/2016/10/06/verxovni-mlini-urivok-z-novogo-romanu-miroslava-dochincya-maftej-kniga-napisana-suxim-perom/