Ukraine at the Leipzig Book Fair: Stories of Resistance, Loss and Identity

The Goethe-Institut Ukraine, together with the Ukrainian Institute, the Mystetskyi Arsenal, and the Ukrainian Book Institute, presented several events with Ukrainian authors and poets at the Leipzig Book Fair from March 21 to 24. The discussions, lectures, and presentations focused on the themes of resistance, loss, and identity.

Photos: Vira Dumke

Ukraine was represented at this year’s Leipzig Book Fair with a diverse program. Ukrainian authors and poets discussed stories of resistance, loss and the resulting identities. Other topics of discussion included Ukrainian cultural policy during the war, decolonial practices, new funding opportunities for publishers and challenges for translators.

In addition, contemporary texts by Ukrainian authors and poets that have been published in German in the past year were presented at the events. These include works by the writers Olena Stiashkina and Olena Zakharchenko, the literary critic Tetiana Trofymenko and a collection of poems by contemporary Ukrainian poets. Special attention was paid to the memory of the talented young poet Maksym Kryvtsov, who died at the front in early 2024.


All events were organized by the Goethe-Institut Ukraine in cooperation with the Ukrainian Institute, the National Culture, Art and Museum Complex Mystetskyi Arsenal and the Ukrainian Book Institute.

The program was made possible by funding from the special budget for Ukraine of the City of Leipzig, the Saxon State Chancellery and the Leipzig Book Fair.