Yuri Vynnychuk

Yuri Vynnychuk

Yuri Vynnychuk, one of independent Ukraines most popular writers, was born in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk in 1952. Unable to have his own works published until the early 1990s due to Soviet cultural policy, Vynnychuk would publish them as translations from ancient languages (Irish, Welsh) or even made up languages such as Arcanumian. Furthermore, Vynnychuk invented the existence of a whole Arcanumian civilization in the 1990s and convinced others of its existence.

Unable to obtain employed as a philologist, he worked as a freight handler and a painter. In 1987 he cofounded the cabaret theater Ne Zhurys! (Dont Worry!), writing songs and scenes for its performances. Since 1990 he has worked as a journalist and has been sued over 30 times over this period of time for his scandalous articles. His latest brush with the law was in 2012 due to the publication of his poem Kill the Bugger about the President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, in which Yanukovych is outwardly referred to as a crook. Vynnychuk received the honorary title of Halytskyi Lytsar (Galician Knight) in 1999 for his weekly article written under the pseudonym Yuzio Observator (Yuzio the Observer) in the Post- Postup newspaper.

Since 1990 he has been publishing everything that he had written over the years but had remained unpublished. This includes poetry, short stories and the novels Vesniani ihry v osinnikh sadakh (Springtime Games in Autumn Orchards, 2005) and Tango smerti (Tango of Death, 2012). Tango smerti was awarded the prestigious BBC Book of the Year prize for 2012. He has also authored many popular publications covering the history of the city of Lviv; his immensely popular two-volume set Lehendy Lvova (Legends of Lviv) is republished every year.

His works have been translated into English, French, German, Japanese and into all Slavic languages.





Books of Yuri Vynnychuk

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  • Collection of poetry
  • 1990

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  • Windows of frozen time cover Windows of
    frozen time

  • Collection of prose
  • 2001


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  • A place for Dragon cover A place
    for Dragon

  • Collection of prose
  • 2002


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  • Malva Landa cover Malva Landa

  • 2002


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  • Malva Landa cover Tango of Death

  • 2012


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