Juri Andruchowytsch

Small Encyclopedia of Intimate Cities

Original Ukrainian title: »Leksykon intymnych mis«, published in 2011 by Meridian Czernowitz
(German title: Kleines Lexikon intimer Städte)
ca. 416 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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France (Noir sur Blanc), Croatia (Fraktura)


Juri Andruchowytsch has invested a lot of time in familiarising himself with foreign cities. In some of them, he got stuck for a while. Others have become true parts of his life: »Munich begins right behind Moscow, the alphabet is in harmony with time« – that’s because Munich was the first German city the young author from the failing Soviet Union visited in order to write his Moscoviada not far from it, at Lake Starnberg.

Diamond cutters instead of cinnamon stores - an alley in Antwerp, a sociology of street music in Berlin. Being with Andrzej Stasiuk in the one hundred-storeyed InterContinental in Bucharest. A visit to the tragic museum in Kharkiv, walking through deserted gardens in Detroit. Novi Sad. Odessa. Paris. Prague. Stuttgart. Toronto. Uzhgorod. Venice. An alphabet of 44 cities on three continents.

The present volume is a collection of 39 texts chosen by the author from the original 111 city-portraits published under the title Leksykon intymnych mist with Meridian Czernowitz in Kiev. Together with his translator, the author has revised these texts and, where applicable, updated them.


»Reading this book is akin to a voyage of discovery.« Judith Leister, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

»The ABC of these cities is as individual as it is informative and entertaining.« Gerhard Zeillinger, der Standard

»Here the author successfully lays bare the most objective, incisive observations about cities through completely subjective, that is, unexpectedly ‘intimate’ experiences.« Alexander Altmann, Landshuter Zeitung

»Andruchowytsch is one author you happily let lead you astray…In this encyclopaedia of cities you learn more about the author than the places themselves. And that’s a good thing – not least because of the wonderfully funny and factual stories that emerge from the writing life.« Carmen Eller, Die literarische Welt

»As of yet, almost no one has written such an incredibly wide-ranging and particular, sharp and laconic, casually chatty and intimately touching memoir of their travels to various cities.« Heike Krause-Leipoldt, Lesart 3/2016

Other publications

Die Lieblinge der Justiz/Justice’s Darlings (2020)

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Poland (Warstwy), Bulgaria (Paradox)

Perversion/Perversion (2011)

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

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), Hungary (Gondolat), Slovenia (Cankarjeva), Belarus (ARCHE), Georgia (Bakur Sulakauri), Israel (Nine Lives Press); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Slovakia (Kalligram), Macedonia (Makedonska Rech), Bulgaria (Paradox), Romania (Allfa)

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), Italy (Del Vecchio), Poland (Czarne), Hungary (Gondolat), Lithuania (Lithuanian Writers), Croatia (Fraktura), Serbia (Filip Visnjic), Slovenia (Cankarjeva); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: Bulgaria (Paradox), Romania (RAO)

Mein Europa/My Europe (2004)

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Spanish world rights (Quaderns Crema/El Acantilado), Italy (print edition Mimesis / digital edition GoWare), Hungary (Kijarat), Bulgaria (Lektura), Romania (Polirom); previously published in the respective language / territory; rights available again: France (Noir sur Blanc), Croatia (Fraktura)

Das letzte Territorium/The Last Territory (2003)

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