Juri Andruchowytsch

Secret - Seven days with Egon Alt

Original Ukrainian title: Tajemnycja. Zamist romanu, published 2007 by Folio Publishers
(German title: Geheimnis)
ca. 387 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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Rarely do the private and the political intertwine so closely as in this ironic portrait of an author who doesn't trust himself an inch.

Where did you feel happy? Why did the football match make you cry? Whose books would you like to learn by heart? Questions a German journalist poses to an Ukrainian author spending a year in Berlin. Over seven whole days, Egon Alt and Juri Andruchowytsch talked about Soviet-look Habsburg, about stations, border posts and forgotten dreams. About prohibited music, recruits in the Red Army, and legendary Happenings. Seven chapters »on myself and the times I live in« as 48-year-old Juri Andruchowytsch writes in the foreword to his new book. The excessive dialogue confronting him with his life and writing is a compelling slice of contemporary history.


»Juri Andruchowytsch writes about his homeland in such a fascinating, cosmopolitan way that we are shocked by our own provinciality.« Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Other publications

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

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France (Noir sur Blanc), Croatia (Fraktura)

Perversion/Perversion (2011)

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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)

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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Spanish world rights (Quaderns Crema/El Acantilado), France (Noir sur Blanc), Italy (print edition Mimesis / digital edition GoWare), Poland (Wydawictwo Czarne), Czech Republic (Periplum), Hungary (Kijarat), Bulgaria (Lektura), Romania (Polirom), Croatia (Fraktura)

Das letzte Territorium/The Last Territory (2003)

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