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Jurij Andruhovič


Jurij Andruhovič

Yuri Andrukhovych (1960, Ukraine) studied at Ukrainian Printing Academy (1977–1982) and in Moscow Literary Institute (1989–1991). In 1985, he founded the literary performance group Bu-Ba-Bu (Burlesk – Balahan – Bufonada i. e. Burlesque-Bluster-Buffoonery). He has published five poetry books, six novels and four books of essays. His books are translated and published in Poland, Germany, Canada, USA, Hungary, Finland, Belarus, Russia, Serbia, Italy, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, France, Czech Republic, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Macedonia, Slovenia. He is a laureate of six prestigious international literary awards: Herder Preis (2001), Erich-Maria Remarque Friedenspreis (2005), Leipziger Buchpreis zur Europäischen Verständigung (2006), Central-European Literary Award Angelus (2006), Hannah-Arendt-Preis für politisches Denken (2014) and Vilenica Award (2017).  

Jurij Andrukovič


Born in 1960 in Stanislav. In 1985, together with Viktor Neborak and Oleksand Irvanets, he founded the popular literary performance group Bu-Ba-Bu (Burlesque-Bluster Buffoneery), whose members are still active today. Military service in the Red Army in 1983 and 1984 inspired him to write army stories and a screenplay for the film Oxygen Starvation (1991). He studied at the Gorgy Institute for Literature in Moscow and later co-edited the journal Thursday (1991-96) and encyclopedia of contemporary Ukrainian writing Pleroma (1998). Poetry colletions: The Sky and City Squares (1985), Downtown (1989), Exotic Birds and Plants (1991). Novels: Recreations (1992), Moscoviada (1993) and Perversion (1996). A collection of essays Disorientation in Locality (1999).

Oleksander Irvanec


Oleksander  Irvanec

(1961) worked as a teacher, served in the army and then started working as a journalist. Now he is a research worker in the Ukrainian Center for Cultural Studies. Together with Juri Andrukhovych and Victor Neborak they founded a poetic group “Bu-Ba-Bu” (“burlesque-dancer-extravaganza) in spring, 1985. His first collection of poems was published in 1987. Today he is the author of over 20 books. Aleksandr translates into Ukrainian – from Polish, Russian and Byelorussian. He was a grant holder of numerous foundations in Germany, Poland, Austria, Latvia and the USA.