London, United Kingdom, November 28, 2017 --(PR.com
This anthology reflects a search of the Ukrainian nation for its identity, the roots of which lie deep inside Ukrainian-language poetry. Some of the included poets are well-known locally and internationally; among them are Serhiy Zhadan, Halyna Kruk, Ostap Slyvynsky, Marianna Kijanowska, Oleh Kotsarev, Anna Bagriana and, of course, the living legend of Ukrainian poetry, Vasyl Holoborodko. The next Ukrainian poetic generation also features prominently in the collection. Such poets as Les Beley, Olena Herasymyuk, Myroslav Laiuk, Hanna Malihon, Taras Malkovych, Julia Musakovska, Julia Stakhivska and Lyuba Yakimchuk are the ones Ukrainians like to read today, and each of them already has an excellent reputation abroad due to festival appearances and translations to European languages. The work collected here documents poetry in Ukraine responding to challenges of the time by forging a radical new poetic, reconsidering writing techniques and language itself.
About the authors:
Halyna Babak was born in Kharkiv in 1988. Having graduated from Kharkiv State University, where she studied the Ukrainian language and literature, she worked as an arts facilitator. She is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Prague in the Czech Republic. Her first collection, I Love Green, was published in 2007; her second, From Clay and Water, in 2011.
Anna Bagriana (Hanna Bagryantseva) was born in 1981 in the city of Fastiv near Kyiv. Having graduated from Kyiv National University named after Taras Shevchenko, where she studied the Ukrainian language and literature, she worked as a radio and television journalist. She has published six collections of her poems, the latest being Love Spell (2011), as well as three novels, a collection of her plays, a number of children’s books and numerous translations from Bulgarian and Macedonian. Among her awards are the Panteleimon Kulish Prize (2013) and the Grigori Skovoroda Award (2014). She lives in Sofia with her husband, the Bulgarian poet Dimitar Hristov.
Les Beley was born in Uzhhorod, Ukraine in 1987. He studied the Ukrainian language and literature at Uzhhorod University and English literature at Wroclaw University, and now works as an editor for Tempora Publishing. His first collection titled Son et lumière appeared in 2008, followed by Mirror Cube (2012) and Book of the Forest (2016). He won the Debut literary award in 2008 and the Smoloskip award in 2011.
Tetyana Bondar was born in Lutsk, Ukraine in 1978. After graduating from Volyn State University named after Lesya Ukrainka, she has been teaching the Ukrainian language and literature in Kyiv. Her poems have appeared in the best Ukrainian literary magazines and have been widely anthologised. She has published two poetry collections, The Sanctuary of Wax Dolls (2006) and Stepping over the Rain (2010). In 2007, she won the Granoslov Literary Award.
Title: The Frontier: 28 Contemporary Ukrainian Poets. An Anthology
Translator: Anatoly Kudryavitsky
Publisher: Glagoslav Publications
Price: €31.85(PB), €33.50(HB), €9.95 (e-book)
Format: paperback, hardback, e-book
Review copies are available upon request.