A discussion of languages in today’s Ukraine by four writers from Kharkiv: Serhiy Zhadan, Yuri Tsaplin, Oleh Kotsarev, and Andrei Krasniaschikh. Moderated by Tanya Zaharchenko, with English translation by Iryna Sabor. Podcast from a University of Oslo event on 26.09.2016
Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, the lead vocalist of Okean Elzy, has come under virulent attacks recently for his talk in Lviv on May 27, 2016. To do justice to this lecture, here is its full translation.
Podcast from our Columbia University panel (part of Kharkiv: City of Ukrainian Culture conference) is now available. There were three panels: focusing on the Kharkiv Romantic school, the 1920-1930s, and the post-Soviet period. Mine was the last one.
While I come up an overdue update piece for this blog, here’s a conference announcement:
Please join us on March 12-13 at Columbia University for a conversation about “Kharkiv: City of Ukrainian Culture”. It is free and open to the public.
The shelf life of rumors is longer than their expiration date. The date passes, but no one sighs with relief. Predicted events do not take place, but in expired time, where there is no past, things cannot become the past: they do not depart and die. They get stored inside the mind as if they did happen, as facts. The number of times attacks and takeovers were heralded is the number of times they occurred. — an essay by Andrei Krasniashchikh
As promised, some thoughts on recent events in Ukraine — and the transformations they have brought about.
We, the Russian writers of Kharkiv, want our voices to be heard: we speak Russian freely, at work and outside of work, with Ukrainian colleagues as well. In any case, existing national or linguistic issues should not be used as a reason for military intervention.
This autumn I deliberately avoided adding any posts about the Maidan to this blog. There is a lot of information out there already, overwhelming in both amount and scope. But the existing online sources, I noticed after a while, tend to be Kiev-oriented, for obvious reasons. So I asked the writers of Kharkiv if there’s anything…
Last month, the municipal authorities of the city of Novosibirsk refused to grant permission for a memorial plaque to Yana (Yanka) Dyagileva.
Yanka (Russian: Янка) was one of the best-known representatives of the Siberian underground rock scene. She was born in 1966 and drowned in a river in 1991, a few months before her 25th birthday.
On the day of the passing of Grigory Pomerants, together with a small group of colleagues, I spent an evening with Vladimir Bukovsky, one of the prominent representatives of the Soviet Union’s dissident movement.