This class will provide insight on Ukraine’s experiences through the polyphony of Jewish and gentile voices, the rootlessness of exile, and encounters with Ukrainian people, places, and stories, starting from the 1950s and ending with the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine.
We will discuss Margarita Khemlin’s The Investigator, Andrey Kurkov’s Grey Bees, Yevgenia Belorusets’s collection of stories, Lucky Breaks, Kurkov’s and Belorusets’s diaries, and the visual arts to explore complexity, national identity, and the diverse nature of Soviet and post-Soviet Ukraine.
Julia Kriventsova Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and teaches Russian literature and culture in the Chicago area.
- Margarita Khemlin, The Investigator. Glagoslav, 2015. ISBN: 978-1784379667
- Andrey Kurkov, Grey Bees. Deep Vellum Publishing, 2022. ISBN: 978-1646051663
- Yevgenia Belorusets, Lucky Breaks. New Directions, 2022. ISBN: 978-0811229845
- Andrey Kurkov, Diary of an Invasion. Deep Vellum Publishing, 2023. ISBN: 978-1646052813
- Please read pp. 3-162 of The Investigator for the first session.
Cost and Registration
Six Sessions, $268 ($241 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.
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