Thursday, 20 March 2014
Serhiy Zhadan (Сергі́й Жада́н, 1974) – poet, writer, journalist, translator, philologist from Kharkiv. His novel "Anarchy in the UKR" (2005) got into the the final round of the Russian award named "National Best-seller" in 2008. In 2010, he published a novel under the title "Voroshilovograd" (Ворошиловград) – his most succesful work so far, also labelled by the reviewers as the manifest of the current generation. He was marked an "occurence of the post-Soviet literature" by several Russian writers and critics in a poll within the "Druzhba Narodov" journal. The latest book of this young author named "Mesopotamia" (Месопотамія, 2014) has an original form consisting of "nine stories prosaic and thirty poems specifying". The current leader of book sales in Ukraine. Babylon-like stories, similitudes talked about for those that are interested in questions of love and death. Philosophical meditations, fantastic images, original metaphors and a specific sense of humour, these are the characteristic features of the whole creative work of S. Zhadan, also present in this book.