Lina Kostenko (Лі́на Косте́нко, 1930) is actively present in the Ukrainian literature for more than 50 years. She is mostly known as a poet, but she has recently become an active publicist as well as a talented prose-writer. In 2010, at the age of 80, she published her first big prosaic work, the novel "Notes by the Ukrainian Lunatic" (Записки українського самашедшого) that immediately became a best-seller among Ukrainian books in 2011. The novel is extremely truthful and emotional, but without unnecessary pathos and sentimentality. It presents an account of the everyday life and spiritual atmosphere in Ukraine in the times of L. Kuchma and the Orange Revolution. The novel is filled with nostalgic allusions to Gogol and Bulgakov. From the point of view of genre and style the novel is a dense combination of fiction, diary, "modern chronicle" and keen publicism. Essentially, it is an extremely talented, unique chronicle of an intelligent's soul in the times of chaos on the background of today's political and spiritual absurdity both in Ukraine and worldwide.