Serhij Zhadan

Anarchy in the UKR

Original Ukrainian title: Anarchy in the UKR, published in 2005 by Folio, Kharkiv
(German title: Anarchy in the UKR)
ca. 216 pages
Serhij Zhadan
Foto: Serhij Zhadan
© Isolde Ohlbaum

Serhij Zhadan was born in 1974 in Starobilsk, near Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, and studied German at Kharkiv University. Since 1991, he has been one of the leading figures on the Kharkiv scene.

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»Forget politics, don't read the papers, don't go online, deny them your voice« - thus begins the 'Leftist March', a chapter of Serhiy Zhadan's second prose volume Anarchy in the UKR, the motto of which is derived from a song by the Sex Pistols.

Zhadan is becoming one of the strongest voices of the young Ukrainian literature - and, at the same time, the antipode of Juri Andruchowytsch. Zhadan's first-person narrator, too, is constantly on the move: on trains or through bizarre landscapes. Yet he is not drawn towards the ruins of the Habsburg past, but towards the industrial wasteland of the Donbass in the country's southeast, the places of the anarcho-communism that was shattered by the Sowjets. Nobody there seems to recall Nestor Machno. Anarchism? That never existed. That is, until it rises again in November 2004 in Charkiv, from the feet of the »Fuck-Lenin-Memorial«.

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Mesopotamien/Mesopotamia (2015)

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Die Erfindung des Jazz im Donbass/Voroshilovgrad (2012)

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Hymne der demokratischen Jugend/Democratic Youth Anthem (2009)

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Depeche Mode/Depeche Mode (2007)

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