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Books at the Institute: An Evening with Mark Andryczyk

June 27, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Books at the Institute is pleased to present an evening with

Mark Andryczyk

Editor and co-translator of the literary anthology

Ukraine 22: Ukrainian Writers Respond to War

Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Ukrainian Institute of America
2 East 79th Street (at Fifth Avenue)
New York, NY 10075

Book signing and light reception to follow

$15 / UIA members free




From the publisher

A selection of Ukraine’s leading writers convey the reality of life within Ukraine during the first year of the invasion.

On 24 February 2022, the lives of Ukrainians were devastatingly altered. Since that day, many of Ukraine’s writers have attempted to fathom what is happening to them and to their country. This anthology brings together writing from inside Ukraine, by Ukrainians, available in English for the first time. Here they document everyday life, ponder the role of culture amid conflict, denounce Russian imperialism and revisit their relations with the world, especially Europe and its ideals, as they try to comprehend the horrors of war.

From tearing-downs of Russia’s use of culture as justification of the war to moving descriptions of nights spent sheltering in corridors, poignant snatched moments with a husband on his single night away from the army, to descriptions of the eerie weather in the months leading up to the invasion, as if nature was trying to warn Ukraine, these essays reveal the texture, rawness and reality of life in Ukraine under war as never before.

Essays by Sofia Andrukhovych, Yuri Andrukhovych, Oleksandr Boichenko, Andriy Bondar, Olena Huseinova, Taras Prokhasko, Volodymyr Rafayenko, Olena Stiazhkina, and Iryna Tsilyk.


Praise for Ukraine 22

 “I am extremely grateful this collection found its way to me. I read it compulsively over two sittings while my decidedly war-free calendar called me back to it with its seductions (delusions) of normality. The extraordinary writers in this volume articulate the taste, the terror, and the dialect of war; they command their powers of description to face a shameless empire intent on annihilating them. You won’t find patriotic sentimentality here, but an exquisite unity of life and word against a barbaric invasion that is already shaping Europe’s future. Ukraine 22 is a remarkable and significant collection which ought to be read widely.” — Ellena Savage

“This book thrums with the voices of everyday Ukrainians trying to live while the specter of war looms blackly above them. Filled with heart-wrenching minute details, this book demands its readers consider a baby making air raid siren noises instead of speaking its first words, the quiet defiance in buying cinnamon buns during a war, and how do you choose which books to leave behind? As the country dances its ‘deadly tango’, Ukrainian writers offer us a slice of insight into what life is like when normal is destroyed.” —Hanan Issa

Mark Andryczyk has taught Ukrainian literature at Columbia University and administered the Harriman Iinstitute’s Ukrainian Studies Program since 2007. He is the author of The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction (2012). Andryczyk is editor and compiler of The White Chalk of Days: The Contemporary Ukrainian Literature Series Anthology (2017). His latest translation is Volodymyr Rafayenko’s novel Modegreen: Songs about Death and Love (2022).


To have a copy of the book signed, Ukraine 22 will be available for purchase ($24.99) at the Ukrainian Institute of America the evening of the event.

By purchasing a book from the UIA, you are supporting its continued cultural and educational programming and the further enjoyment of its unique events by our friends and community along New York’s Museum Mile.

For further information: Please contact the Ukrainian Institute of America at (212) 288-8660 or mail@ukrainianinstitute.org.


Title: Ukraine 22: Ukrainian Writers Respond to War
Editor: Mark Andryczyk
Translators: Mark Andryczyk, Michael Naydan, Alla Perminova
Publisher: Penguin (April 16, 2024)
Paperback: 192 pages
ISBN-10: 1802062912
ISBN-13: 978-1802062915
Item Weight: 5.1 ounces
Dimensions: 5 x .05 x 7.75 inches

Books at the Institute: An Evening with Mark Andryczyk


June 27, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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