Reading series "Voices from Ukraine" 2023
The Literaturhaus Berlin in cooperation with the Ukrainian Institute present “Voices from Ukraine”, a series of readings with renowned contemporary Ukrainian authors: Oksana Sabuschko, Sofia Andruchowytch Iryna Tsilyk & Artem Tschech, Andrij Ljubka.
February – November 2023
The series of readings “Voices from Ukraine” addresses the question of the role of literature in times of war through the current works of Ukrainian authors. The writers report on their current work as a reaction to the ongoing Russian war in Ukraine.
All readings will take place at the Literaturhaus Berlin and can be viewed live on Youtube (see links below).
The series started with the book premiere of “The Story of Romana” by Sofia Andrukhovych on February 20, 2023.
Readings with Iryna Tsilyk & Artem Chekhov, Andrij Lyubka and Oksana Sabushko will follow on October 17, 14 and November 21, 2023 respectively.
The readings will be moderated by Evgenia Lopata (International Literature Festival Meridian Chernowitz), Vitalina Buran and Dr. Kateryna Rietz-Rakul (both Ukrainian Institute in Germany).
Andriy Lyubka »State of War«
Andriy Lyubka writes poetry and prose and is a translator. In April 2022, due to the Russian invasion, Ljubka stopped writing and began to support the troops at the front by delivering cars.
In conversation with linguist Vitalina Buran, Andrij Ljubka will talk about the meaning and impossibility of writing in war. The event will be held in Ukrainian and simultaneously translated into German by Sofiya Onufriv.
Oksana Sabuzhko »The Longest Book Tour«
Oksana Sabuzhko is a writer, poet, publicist, philosopher and winner of numerous prestigious prizes and awards. In the fall of 2022, the literary publishing house “Droschl” published her essay “The Longest Book Tour”. In the essay, Sabuschko explores the origins of the Russian war against Ukraine by combining the history of Russian-Ukrainian relations since the 18th century with her own reflections and memories.
In conversation with the head of the Ukrainian Institute in Germany Kateryna Rietz-Rakul, Oksana Sabuschko will talk about her latest essay. The event will be held in Ukrainian and simultaneously translated into German by Sofiya Onufriv.
Iryna Tsilyk & Artem Tschech
Our series “Voices from Ukraine” 2023 kicks off with the writer Artem Tschech & the filmmaker and poet Iryna Tsilyk. The couple normally lives together in Kyiv, but because of the war, nothing is normal right now. Nevertheless, they want to talk about writing and life during the war. Iryna Tsilyk will come to our stage, Artem Tschech will join them live.
Cultural manager and translator Evgenia Lopata will moderate. The event will be held in Ukrainian and simultaneously translated into German by Sofiya Onufriv.
Sophia Andrukhovych »Die Geschichte von Romana«
»Die Geschichte von Romana« is the first part of the Ukraine epic Amadoka by Sofia Andrukhovych. The book was translated in German and published by Residenz Verlag in 2023.
As part of the reading series, the author Sofia talks about identity, memory and recollection with the Germanist and translator Sofija Onufriv. Simultaneously interpreted into German by Ludmyla Shnyr. The German passages will be read by Veronika Bachfischer.