Yurii Andrukhovych

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Yurii Andrukhovych
Andrukhovych in 2015
Andrukhovych in 2015
Born Yuriy Ihorovych Andrukhovych
(1960-03-13) March 13, 1960 (age 58)
Stanislav, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Occupation Ukrainian prose writer, poet, essayist, and translator
Nationality Ukraine

Yurii Ihorovych Andrukhovych (Ukrainian: Юрій Ігорович Андрухович, born March 13, 1960) is a Ukrainian prose writer, poet, essayist, and translator.


Andrukhovych was born March 13, 1960 in Stanislav (now Ivano-Frankivsk), Ukraine. In 1985 he 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. Yuri 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, however he is rarely considered a Ukrainian nationalist, a charge he fiercely denies himself. 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". for the bilingual Zerkalo Nedeli he translates his essays from Ukrainian into Russian himself, every issue of which is published in both languages.

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. His essays regularly appear in Dzerkalo tyzhnia (Mirror Weekly), an influential trilingual newspaper published in Russian and Ukrainian with excerpts published in an online English edition. 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:

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).[2]

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.[3]


  1. ^ "Юрій Андрухович "Коханці Юстиції" | Мiжнародна лiтературна корпорацiя MERIDIAN CZERNOWITZ". www.meridiancz.com (in Ukrainian). Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  2. ^ "Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yuri Andrukhovych receive the Hannah-Arendt-Prize 2014". Heinrich Böll Foundation. July 24, 2014. Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  3. ^ http://culture.pl/en/article/five-years-of-the-zbigniew-herbert-award

External links

  • Virtual card
  • Who is who – Andrukhovych Yuri (from internet-magazine Vgolos) (in Ukrainian)
  • "Andrukhovych, but not fully", and article in Zerkalo Nedeli (Mirror Weekly), available online in Ukrainian[permanent dead link] and in Russian[permanent dead link].
  • Biography from the international literature festival berlin
  • Complete essays in Zerkalo nedeli by Yuri Andrukhovych: in Ukrainian (since 2000) and in Russian (since 1995)[permanent dead link]
  • Selected poetry by Andrukhovych in Ukrainian
  • Biography page for Andrukhovych at the website of his German publisher, Suhrkamp
  • The information page on Andrukhovych at the website of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies Press, which published the English translation of his first novel, Recreations
  • Page for Andrukhovych at Poetry International Web
  • Andrukhovych's acceptance speech for the Leipzig Book Prize for European Understanding
  • Non official fan-club
  • Audio recordings of Andrukhovych reading his poems, translations in several languages available
  • An Open Letter from Twelve Apolitical Writers about Choice and the Elections
  • Author's reading of selected poetry and prose extracts, and interview in Ukrainian and English at the Kennan Institute, USA, 2009
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