Juri Andruchowytsch

Perversion - Novel

Original Ukrainian title: Перверзія, published in 1996 by Suchasnist and 1997 by Lileia
(German title: Perversion)
ca. 333 pages
Juri Andruchowytsch
Foto: Juri Andruchowytsch
© Susanne Schleyer

Juri Andruchowytsch was born in 1960 in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. He is considered the leading contemporary Ukrainian writer. He writes poems, prose, essays and translates from German and Polish.

Awards (selection):
Leipziger Buchpreis zur Europäischen Verständigung 2006
Sonderpreis des Erich-Maria-Remarque-Friedenspreises 2005

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USA (Northwestern UP), Spain (Quaderns Crema/El Acantilado), France (Noir sur Blanc), Russia (NLO), Finland (Loki Kirjat), Poland (Czarne), Bulgaria (Paradox), Serbia (Clio)

Literary postmodernism in Ukraine first saw the light of day with the publication of this novel.


The godchild of Rabelais and Bakhtin, Bulgakov and Esterházy, it is a whirligig of forms, styles, and apocryphal traditions – an adventure for readers who view life not as something to lament and despair over, but as something worth celebrating joyfully with a good book.

Stanislav Perfecki, a hero of the Ukrainian underground, poet and performance artist, has been invited to an international symposium in Venice on the post-carnevalistic madness of the world. On his way to La Serenissima he gets waylaid by some decadent Munich bohemians, falls in love with the woman someone has sent to spy on him, and becomes tangled up in diabolical intrigues and erotic excesses.
Perfecki’s trail goes cold at the open window of his hotel on the Canal Grande. Is it possible that this master of masks, forgeries, contortions and other »perversions« has merely staged his own disappearance? One thing is certain: like in Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita, the clear precursor to Andruchowytsch’s novel, everyday reality is swept aside as the supernatural takes control.

Other publications

Kleines Lexikon intimer Städte/Small Encyclopedia of Intimate Cities (2016)

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France (Noir sur Blanc), Croatia (Fraktura)

Geheimnis/Secret (2008)

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Moscoviada/Moscoviada (2006)

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USA (Spuyten Duyvil), Spanish world rights (Quaderns Crema), Russia (New Literary Review), France (Noir sur Blanc), Italy (Besa Editrice), Poland (Czarne), Czech Republic (FRA), Slovak Republic (Kalligram), Hungary (Gondolat), Bulgaria (Paradox), Romania (Allfa), Macedonia (Makedonska Rech), Belarus (ARCHE), Georgia (Bakur Sulakauri)

Zwölf Ringe/Twelve rings (2005)

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English world rights (Spuyten Duyvil), Spanish world rights (Quaderns Crema/El Acantilado), France (Noir sur Blanc), Poland (Czarne), Hungary (Gondolat), Bulgaria (Paradox), Romania (RAO), Lithuania (Lithuanian Writers), Croatia (Fraktura), Serbia ("Filip Visnjic")

Mein Europa/My Europe (2004)

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Das letzte Territorium/The Last Territory (2003)

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Spanish world rights (Quaderns Crema/El Acantilado), Hungary (Racio)