He is young, intelligent, well educated, with patriotic sentiments. But certain misunderstandings oblige him to flee from Ukraine, because in his native land he is a misfit, a superfluous man.
For some reason, everything in his life builds up to a certain Russian scenario.
So to what extent should one burden Ukrainians with the outcome of this Russian Story?
The honour of Ukraine is redeemed, as always, by a woman…
This new book by Eugenia Kononenko deals with love and the quest for one’s own identity, with the vaguely remembered circumstances rendering life nonsensical in Ukraine during the last years of the empire and the early years of independence.
It considers the possibility of a mid-Atlantic meeting in today’s globalised world.
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Eugenia Kononenko is a famous Ukrainian writer and literary translator from English and French, member of the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies. Born in 1959 in Kyiv (Ukraine), she graduated from the Mechanics and Mathematics Department of the Shevchenko State University and French Philology Department of the Kyiv Institute of Foreign Languages.
Most famous for her short stories, Eugenia Kononenko has worked in various genres: poetry, essays, novels, children’s books, a number of explorations of popular culture and gender issues and journalistic articles. Kononenko works have been published in dozen languages and brought her several literary and translation prizes. Eugenia Kononenko is an active participant of international literary, cultural and academic forums in Ukraine, France, USA, Poland, Finland, Estonia, and Russia.
“This novella strikes at the heart of Russian-Ukrainian relations and the complicated post-Soviet global lives of former Ukrainian citizens. Featuring a hero named ‘Eugene Samarsky’ <…>, the book explores the travels and travails of the post-Soviet son of Ukraine as he inexorably and with a certain self-aware incredulity follows the path of Pushkin’s hero <…>” Manic Bookstore Cafe
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