Exploring Ukrainian Literature: Ukraine Beyond the Headlines

March 2, 2023 - 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Serhiy Zhadan reads “Mushrooms of Donbas,” which Susan Hwang and Charlie Nieland turned into a song.

Register for this free event by emailing info@artragegallery.org

Check out the readings and the end of this event post.

Pat Burak, a part-time assistant professor at Syracuse University of Ukrainian heritage, welcomes you to an evening exploring Ukrainian literature.

As a contribution to the deeper background of Lida Suchy’s current exhibition “Portrait of a Village Ukraine” Burak will talk about Ukrainian culture as it has been presented and preserved in literature for centuries.

Starting with the iconic Taras Shevchenko, who could be called the Ukrainian Robert Frost, Burak will move from the early 19th century through the times. Poets, playwrights and novelists have presented Ukrainian culture to the world in great works, some of which have be made into iconic films. Current authors include Yuri Andrukhovych, Serhiy Zhadan and Oksana Zabuzhko. Novels by Maria Matios and Lina Kostenko will also be presented to help develop a broader and more intense understanding of the role of culture, literature and music. Ruslana, major Ukrainian pop culture winner of Eurovison  2004, keeps the younger generation in touch with the spirit and love of life which Ukrainian culture expresses in its art.

Event Readings:

Taras Shevchenko 1 Poem

Lina Kostenko 2 Poems

Serhiy Zhadan – Book Reviews

Serhiy Zhadan 3 Poems

Yuri Andrukhovych – Book Jacket

Yuri Andrukhovych – #9 Bildungsroman – Essay Selection from My Final Territory