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Andrukhovych, Yuri

Yuri Andrukhovych was born in 1960 in Ivano-Frankivsk in West Ukraine (formerly the Galician city of Stanislav). He studied journalism and then began writing poetry. His novels are considered classics of Ukrainian contemporary literature. In 2006 he was awarded the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding. His most recently published work is Taemnitsya (The Secret).


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4 articles of this author have been cited in the European Press Review so far.


Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 05/03/2007

Yuri Andrukhovych on Austria's coldness

Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych talked to Ulrich M. Schmid and Andreas Breitenstein about Ukraine, Ukrainian literature and his relationship with Germany, Switzerland and Austria: "I used to idealise Austria but now I'm deeply disappointed with it. In the early 1990s I learnt about the k.u.k myth [the Austro-Hungarian monarchy before 1918]. The Central European idea was totally new to me... Nowadays, Austria distances itself from the Habsburg tradition. No one understands me when I talk about this subject in Austria. People say: that's not interesting; it's outdated. Austria is a cold country of which I dreamed for a long time and which doesn't understand me. For this indifference I have taken literary revenge: perhaps this is why I have the Austrian protagonists in my novels killed, thus killing the Austrian in me, as it were."

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | 09/12/2006

Juri Andruchowytsch on the subjective Europe

The paper reprints a speech on European borders which Ukrainian writer Juri Andruchowytsch delivered in late November, at a conference in Kiev. "Europe is also unusual in a spatial sense. It's difficult enough with the western borders let alone the eastern ones where all sorts of contradictory definitions have cropped up recently... Where in heaven's name are Europe's disputed eastern borders?... In order to arrive at some sort of answer, one could assume that Europe exists wherever the local people believe that they are part of Europe. Or, to go one step further, wherever they consider themselves to be European. So: Europe is a completely subjective term. A Chinese person in China or in Singapore would never consider himself European, neither would an Arab, an Indian, a Mongolian or an Iranian. But an Azerbaijani might do, and you can be pretty sure an Armenian would."

La Vanguardia - Spain | 18/10/2006

The Europeanism of Ukranian writers

As the international European festival of literature Kosmopolis begins in Barcelona this Wednesday, October 18th, the Ukranian writer Iuri Andrukhovych explains in an interview conducted by Xavi Ayen, that, like all intellectuals in his country, he is "crazy about everything European. My literary references are European. Paul Celan [a German writer] was born in Chernivtsi, a town that was Romanian at the time and that subsequently became Ukranian. There are several towns here that have changed state or name over the years. For us, it is dramatic that an author like Samuel Huntington should draw a categorical frontier between East and West. According to him, we are a border zone between what is and is not Europe, a sort of limbo land situated between two worlds."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 16/03/2006

Yuri Andrukhovych's criticism of the EU

On March 15 the Ukrainian author Yuri Andrukhovych was awarded the prize for European Understanding at the opening ceremony of the Leipzig Book Fair. In a sensational speech, he attacked EU Commissioner Günter Verheugen who opposes Ukraine's entry into the EU. The newspaper publishes extracts of the speech: "European dialogue has not taken place," Andrukhovych notes bitterly, and makes an appeal to EU countries: "It is crucially important for me that you help this cursed country, in whose language I write and address you in. And it wouldn't be so terribly difficult for you to help this country. It would simply be a matter of not saying anything that will kill our hope."

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