Editor’s Note: The Kyiv Post presents its pick of five contemporary Ukrainian fiction books that have been translated into English. All the translations are available at www.amazon.com.
Large colorful albums with beautiful illustrations look good in a home library and office’s waiting room. Ukrainian publishers have plenty to offer in that area, including books of Ukrainian art, photography and city views. Here are the Kyiv Post’s choices for five best coffee table books:
Even in post-Euro 2012 Kyiv, when street signs and bar menus are now widely available in English thanks to last year’s football championship co-hosted by Ukraine and Poland, finding English-language books is a challenge. So let the Kyiv Post be your guide:
For best-selling author Oksana Zabuzhko, winning a prestigious Polish book prize was not completely unexpected.
LVIV – A large second-floor cafe terrace in the Lviv Palace of Arts smells of cigarette smoke and coffee, as more than 60 people sit behind tables or stand in the doorway, silently listening to a middle-aged man recite poems from his newly published book. The poet pauses and looks around the café over his glasses. A second pair sits on top of his head.
Thousands of people try to make their way through the large halls of Lviv's Palace of Arts. On only the second day of the Lviv International Book forum, many of them already carry heavy bags with lots of books.
If you have never spoken in front of an audience before and are concerned about how to present yourself, take a glance at long-time American expatriate Scott H. Lewis’ book “60 Seconds To ‘Wow!’”.This is a quick and basic introduction on how to speak to an audience. For those with any experience in public speaking, however, it's worth exploring titles further, because you will not find anything substantial to improve your performance.
A new war is afoot for Squire Geoffrey Hotspur of the English Free Company when he stumbles upon a divided northern Italian state of Ferrara. On one side stands a young princeling, Niccolo d’Este, who must prove himself as the rightful heir to the throne of Ferrara. On the other side is the seasoned leader Azzo d’Este, the young prince’s uncle. Kyiv expatriate Evan Ostryznuik has set the second chapter of his English Free Company series in 1395.
What is life like for children whose parents live abroad? What problems do they face? A new book released in March by Ukrainian Old Lion publishing house in collaboration with German translation association Translit attempts to answer these questions. Called Mom on Skype, it’s a collection of 11 short fiction stories by modern Ukrainian writers.
While the number of Ukrainians using internet keeps growing, the share of book readers continues to fall. More than a half of Ukrainians do not read books at all, according to report released by Research & Branding Group on April 3.
The most honest way to look at history is to study documents, historians say. One extraordinary book presented recently in Kyiv proves this right.
Do you think eternal love cannot begin with a plot that involves gang rape and an ax handle? Ukraine’s most commercially successful writer might prove you wrong – at least in her books.
A big name doesn't mean big readership. At least, that’s what the list of Ukraine's top-selling books, published by Focus magazine in January, suggests. Indeed, relatively unknown crime and romance authors are taking the literary scene by storm.
While most travel guides focus on sightseeing, history and some tips for getting around, a newly published “Bang Ukraine” guide advises guys how to get in bed with Ukrainian women.
Asterix, the famous Gaul comic book hero, might not know it, but he has a Ukrainian counterpart now. His name is Oles Skorovoda, and he’s the main character of Daogopak. This is the first graphic Ukrainian novel about kozaks who mastered the martial arts and magic of the Zaporizhian Sich, a 15th century attempt to create Ukraine’s first democratic state.
LVIV, Ukraine – Seeing the thousands of people shuffling through the overcrowded Potocki Palace in Lviv, where the 19th International Publishers’ Forum was held, momentarily eases the worries about literature going digital.
Ukraine has a fantastic variety of regional folk designs, but very little information about these traditions. Albums on local arts and crafts are still like gold dust, despite growing interest in ethnic festivals, food and the like.