Yurii Andrukhovych

Yurii Andrukhovych
Andrukhovych in 2015
Andrukhovych in 2015
BornYurii Ihorovych Andrukhovych
Stanislav, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
  • Ukrainian prose writer
  • poet
  • essayist
  • translator

Yurii Ihorovych Andrukhovych (Ukrainian: Юрій Ігорович Андрухович) is a Ukrainian prose writer, poet, essayist, and translator.


In 1985 Andrukhovych co-founded the Bu-Ba-Bu poetic group, which stands for бурлеск, балаган, буфонада--'burlesque, side-show, buffoonery' together with Oleksandr Irvanets and Viktor Neborak. Yurii Andrukhovych is the father of Sofia Andrukhovych, who has also become a writer.

Political views

Andrukhovych writes in Ukrainian and is known for his pro-Ukrainian and pro-European views. In his interviews, he said that he respected both the Ukrainian and Russian languages and claims that his opponents do not understand that the very survival of the Ukrainian language is threatened. During the 2004 presidential elections in Ukraine he signed, together with eleven other writers, an open letter in which he called Sovietic Russian culture: "language of pop music and criminal slang".

Literary work

To date, Andrukhovych has published five novels, four poetry collections, a cycle of short stories, and two volumes of essays, as well as literary translations from English, German, Polish, and Russian. Some of his writings for example, The Moscoviad and Perverzion were carried out in a distinct postmodern style. A list of some of his major works includes:

  • The Sky and Squares (Небо і площі, 1985), a book of poems
  • On the Left, Where the Heart Is (Зліва, де серце, 1989), a cycle of short stories
  • Downtown (Середмістя, 1989), a book of poems
  • Exotic Birds and Plants (Екзотичні птахи і рослини, 1991), a book of poems
  • Recreations (Рекреації, 1992), first novel
  • The Moscoviad, (Московіада, 1993), a novel
  • Perverzion (Перверзія, 1996), a novel
  • Disorientation on Location (Дезорієнтація на місцевості, 1999), a book of essays
  • My Europe (Моя Європа, 2001), a book of essays co-authored with the Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk
  • Twelve Rings (Дванадцять обручів, 2003), a novel
  • Songs for the Dead Rooster (Пісні для мертвого півня, 2004), a book of poems
  • The Day Mrs Day Died (День смерті Пані День, 2006), an anthology of Ukrainian translations of American poetry from the 1950s and 1960s
  • The Devil's Hiding in the Cheese (Диявол ховається в сирі, 2006), a book of essays
  • The Secret. Instead of a Novel (Таємниця. Замість роману, 2007), a novel made up of interviews
  • "Majdan! Ukraine, Europa", 2014, collection of essays with Yaroslav Hrytsak and others (in German).
  • "Lovers of Justice", (Коханці юстиції, 2017), a novel

Awards and honors

For his literary writings and activity as a public intellectual, Andrukhovych has been awarded numerous national and international prizes, including the Herder Prize (2001), the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize (2005), the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for European Understanding (2006), the Angelus Award (2006), the Hannah Arendt Prize (2014), and the Goethe Medal (2016).

He is a member of the editorial board of Ukrainian periodicals Krytyka and Potyah 76. He is also a juror for the Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award.

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