Monday, 28 July 2014

Volodymyr Dibrova

Volodymyr Dibrova (Володи́мир Дібро́ва, 1951) received the BBC’s "Book of the Year" award for his novel "Andrew's Descent" (Андріївський узвіз). His novel reminds us that the death is not the worst thing that could happen to us. What is tragic is our contemporary’s separation from Christian and folklore traditions. His tragedy is the family without love and friendship without trust as well as the fact that understanding of these values comes only at the end of life.

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Vanesa Csengodyová said...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLRku1cUf_A

Michal Marikovic said...

Volodymyr Dibrova’s responses to questions from Swarthmore students who read his Peltse and Pentameron in November 2002:http://www.swarthmore.edu/Humanities/sforres1/syllabi/15R/dibrova.html

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Kristina Tapakova said...

Rozhovor s Volodymyrom Dibrovom ohladne jeho knihy Peltse and pentameron: http://www.swarthmore.edu/Humanities/sforres1/syllabi/15R/dibrova.html

Michal Marikovic said...
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Michal Marikovic said...

Peltse a Pentameron : v týchto dvoch románoch Dibrova rozpráva príbeh o tom ako trpeli ľudia , ktorý nikdy neverili v socializmus , ale nemali odvahu mu oponovať. Peltse zaznamenáva priemerného аппара́тчик . Psychologický portrét jedinca v pasci systému , ale závisí od toho jeho prežitie. Pentameron rozpráva príbeh jedného dňa v živote piatich kolegov na sovietskeho výskumného ústavu. Každý z nich je nespokojný , ale všetci sú v pasci systému , ktorý im vzal schopnosť konať rozhodne.
http://www.usingenglish.com/amazon/us/081011237X.html

Michal Marikovic said...

BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Prize : BBC oznámila spustenie svojho ročného literárne vyznamenania. Odmeňovaňuje najlepšie beletristické diela v ukrajinskom jazyku - BBC kniha roka (Книга року BBC 2014) a BBC detskej knihy roka (Дитяча Книга року BBC 2014) - v spolupráci s kultúrnym programom Európskej banky pre obnovu a rozvoj (EBOR).

Michal Marikovic said...

BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Prize : Víťaznému autorovi v každej kategórii bude udelená hryvnya ( ukrajinská mena ) ekvivalent vo výške 1.000 libier. Vydavatelia BBC knihu roka a BBC detskej knihy roka budú mať právo používať logo BBC ukrajinskej knižnej ceny v nasledujúcich vydaniach.

Minuloročný víťazy:
2013 - “The Remote Space” (“Далекий простір”) by Yaroslav Melnyk (Book of the Year) and “Who Will Make the Snow” (“Хто зробить сніг”) by Maryana and Taras Prokhasko (Children’s Book of the Year)

2012 - "The Tango of Death" by Yuri Vynnychuk (Юрій Винничук “Танго смерті”) (Book of the Year) and "The Secret Society of Cowards and Liars" by Lesya Voronyna (Леся Вороніна “Таємне Товариство Боягузів та Брехунів”) (Children’s Book of the Year)
2011 - “Blue Waters” by Volodymir Rutkivskiy (Володимир Рутківський "Cині води")
2010 - “Voroshilovgrad” by Sergiy Zhadan (Сергій Жадан “Ворошиловград”)
2009 - “TAKE” by Izdrik (Іздрик "ТАКЕ")

2008 - “Milk and Blood” by Lyuko Dashvar (Люко Дашвар “Молоко з кров’ю”)
2007 - “Andriyivskyy Descent” by Volodimir Dibrovа (Володимир Діброва “Андріївський узвіз”)
2006 - “Capital” by Sergiy Zhadan (Сергій Жадан “Капітал”)
2005 - “Spring Games in Autumn Gardens” by Yuriy Vynnychuk (Юрій Винничук “Весняні ігри в осінніх садах”).

Natália Brunovská said...

Яркий представитель «андеграундной альтернативы» 1970 — 1980-х годов, что создавалась параллельно советскому официозу — в самиздате. Дебютировав в конце «перестройки» двумя книгами в открытой печати («Тексты с названиями и без названий», 1990; «Песни Битлз», 1991), он сразу стал одним из самых популярных украинских прозаиков, переведенным в Германии, Польши, Венгрии, Шотландии, США, Канаде. 1996 года в престижном американском издательстве «North Western University Press» (где печатались произведения Кундеры, Милоша, Бродского и других выдающихся восточноевропейские писателей) появился однотомник его выбранной прозы «Peltse and Pentameron». На Украине тем временем его произведения печатались в периодике — широчайший резонанс получили романы «Пентамерон» (« Современность», 1-2, 1994), «Бурдык» («Березиль», 1-2, 1997), повесть «День рождения» («Курьер Кривбасса», 10, 1997), пьесы «Краткий курс» и «Двадцать такой-то съезд нашей партии (стенографический отчет-опера)».

За перевод романа Сэмюэла Беккета «Уот» (Журнал «Всесвіт», 9-12, 1990) Владимир Диброва награжден премией им. Николая Лукаша.

C 1994 года писатель живет и работает в США, преподает в Украинском научном институте Гарвардского университета.

Natália Brunovská said...

Диброва в самом деле писатель культовый, но, прежде всего, он писатель поколенческий.

Michal Marikovic said...

Jeho tvorba :
'' Тексти з назвами і без назв "(Kyjev," Mládež ", 1990)
"Пісні Бітлз" (Kyjev, "Alternative", 1991)
"Збіговиська" (Kyjev, "kritika", 1999)
"Вибгане" (Kyjev, "kritika", 2002)
"Довкола столу" (Kyjev, "fakty", 2005)
"Андріївський узвіз" (Kyjev, "fakty", 2007), druhé vydanie: 2008

Andrea Jackuliaková said...

"Peltse and Pentameron" by Володимир Діброва:
In these two novellas, Volodymyr Dibrova tells the story of how the Soviet system was sustained by individuals who never truly believed in it, but simply lacked the courage to oppose it.

More info HERE

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Andrea Jackuliaková said...

"Peltse and Pentameron" by Володимир Дібровa translated in english HERE

Andrea Jackuliaková said...

"The collection by Volodymyr Dibrova "The Retold" consists of eleven chapters. Each of them is a commentary and a variation on themes of famous fairy tales and other literary works. They include examples of folklore and folk narratives, the myth and the duma, a parable for first-graders and a passage from the Bible, and even a modern novel. All these works are presented as retold by the author and are accompanied with a literary commentary, which quickly transforms into memories, and then – into a separate story. This genre makes it possible to combine the national and the individual, the universal and the personal.

More about The collection by Volodymyr Dibrova HERE

Andrea Jackuliaková said...

Forty-four Ukrainian writers, fifty-five short stories, twenty-five years after Chernobyl. This anthology presents the panorama of the Ukrainian Chernobyl stories. Spirit of classified texts, however not only about the concepts of disaster (Chernobyl nuclear disaster) or catharsis (the present) that editors used as the key to defining the time zone in which the texts were looking for this book.

Source here

Jakub Bartok said...
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Lars Savan said...

Volodymyr Dibrova
Writer-in-Residence and Editor, Ukrainian Research Institute
Preceptor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
"The Holodomor and the Contemporary Ukrainian Writer"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLRku1cUf_A link with him presentation and arument

Peter Kiss

Michal Marikovic said...

Volodymyr Dibrobva je zástupcom takzvanej "stratenej generácie" ukrajinských spisovateľov . Poéziu a prózu začal písať ako mladý , písal už v 60tych rokoch minulého storočia , ale prvé dielo bolo publikované až v roku 1986 , keď sa objavilo v časopise Ukraina. V rokoch 1987 - 1989 niekoľko jeho poviedok sa objavila v Moloda hvardiia, a jeho prvé dve knihy Teksty z nazvamy i bez a Pisni Bitlz, boli vydávané v Kyjeve v roku 1990 a 1991.V roku 1996, dve z jeho noviel boli zverejnené v Spojených štátoch v anglickom preklade ako Peltse a Pentameron . Jeho novela Andriivs’kyi uzviz bola odcenená ako BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Prize v roku 2007. 
Viac zo zdroja : http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CD%5CI%5CDibrovaVolodymyr.htm

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Lars Savan said...

Publications

Чайні замальовки. Пульсари, Київ, 2011 (Tealuxe Sketchbook. A collection of short stories. Kiev, Pulsary, 2012).

Правдиві історії. Факт. Київ, 2010. (Based on True Stories. A collection of short stories. Kiev. Fact, 2010).

Андріївський узвіз. Роман, Факт, Київ, 2007. (Andrew’s Way, A novel, Kiev, Fact, 2007)

Довкола столу. П’єси. Факт. Київ, 2005. (Around the Table. Plays, Kiev, Fact)

Проект: Діброва. Вибрані оповідання та драма. Четвер, №14, Львів, 2002. (Project: Dibrova. A Collection of Short Stories and Drama. Chetver. Lviv, 2002)

Вингане. Вибрані твори. Критика, Київ, 2002. (Vybhane - Crumpled. Selected Fiction and Frama. Krytyka, 2002.)

Збіговиська. Оповідання. Київ. Критика. 1999. (Get-togethers, A Collection of Short Stories, Kiev, Krytyka, 1999).






HERE

Lars Savan said...

Дружба народів – базова радянська міфологема. Хоча слово “радянська” (чи, як зараз кажуть, “совєтська”) не зовсім відповідає дійсності. Радянськими були естонці й евенки, мордва й молдавани, але ніхто з них ні до кого не ліз зі своєю нав’язливою дружбою. Зате для росіян це завжди було улюбленою забавою. (Кажуть, вони почали з того, що вкрали це ім’я.) Як же з огляду на таку вдачу їх тепер величати? Кацапами? Москалями? Рассєянами? Щоби нікого не образити назвімо їх “великоросами”.

Так от … Для великоросів ідея дружби народів є життєво необхідною ілюзією, міражем, який ось-ось їх допхає до прірви. А для решти світу це – дуже небезпечна брехня. Народи не можуть дружити, дружать між собою люди.

Ця міфологема навіть стала топонімом (Я колись жив на бульварі Дружби Народів в Києві.) А у великоросів є також журнал “Дружба народів”, університет Дружби народів ім. Патріса Лумумби, з якого гебе продовжує вербувати для себе шпигунів з усього світу, і орден Дружби Народів. (За правилами, він “мусить кріпитися до грудей, з лівого боку, і його місце – після ордену Трудового Червоного Прапора”.) У 2011 році цим орденом була нагороджена Валентина Терешкова, перша жінка-космонавт. Питання: за яку саме дружбу її відзначили? Й це після того, як вона розлучилася з Ніколаєвим (теж космонавтом), і тим самим зламала не лише дружбу, але й любов! Хіба що ця нагорода дісталася їй “за розвиток пролетарського інтернаціоналізму” (Існує й така категорія, хоча за всі роки СРСР ніхто так до путя і не пояснив, що це таке. Ну а зараз і поготів.)

Радянські солдати...

"READ MORE"

Peter Kiss

Jakub Bartok said...

Volodymyr Dibrova teaches in the Slavic Studies and Languages Department at Harvard University. A collection of his stories, Peltse and Pentameron, was published by Northwestern University Press in 1996.

Lucia Chuda said...

All those things that we've come to expect and love in Eastern European writing-the social commentary, the ironic viewpoint that can see humor and tragedy simultaneously-are present in "Peltse" and "Pentameron." These two short novels by Volodymyr Dibrova, one of the best prose stylists in Ukraine today, together form an extraordinarily complete view of the lives of the oppressed and their oppressors during Soviet Communism's waning days.

Lucia Chuda said...

Here you can find video of conference from 11. november 2008. The theme is: The Great Famine in Ukraine.

Lucia Chuda said...

Pentameron, short novel by Volodymyr Dibrova, presents a day in the life of five office workers who share the onerous task of translating boring foreign texts. Though it is a society different from ours, their personal concerns are hardly unfamiliar. Each character seeks fulfillment. The clownish Vitya yearns to be a painter. Zoyka dreams of a room of her own (leaving the communal dormitories far behind). Antonina suffers anxiety attacks over her ill son and husband. Ophelia considers a passport arrangement that will let her travel to Los Angeles. Svitlana wishes she was less frigid toward her husband. And what blocks them in their attainments? Fear.

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Lucia Chuda said...

Peltse, short novel by Volodymyr Dibrova, presents readers with the creation of an apparatchik. Many technical feats are pulled off in this volume. Whereas "Pentameron" showcases Dibrova's deftness for juggling characters and keeping the story moving, "Peltse" plunges one into the hallucinations of this bureaucrat for almost its entire length. Nightmarish scenes and anonymous faces parade past as one watches Peltse's climb to power, trivial attempts at progress (are rubber pads under railroad tracks the best service to humanity?), rise of rivals, self-loathing and subsequent fall.

Lucia Chuda said...

The influences of Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco, both of whom Dibrova has translated, are visible--from the office workers' handling of texts to Peltse's fantastic imaginings. There is enormous compactness of phrasing here, which, as Askold Melnyczuk says in his introduction, shows that a novel is "defined by the distance a writer can travel across a sentence," not by the number of pages.
Is Dibrova also writing as a prisoner? Of course not. But his works, and many others, show that the techniques of literary subterfuge have outlasted the Soviet system. "Peltse" and "Pentameron" are exciting for suggesting where Slavic writers are headed. After all, critics found enough commonalities among Latin American writers like Garcia Marquez and Borges to group them as "magical realists."
Perhaps Dibrova's works are a specimen of the Slavic equivalent. Either way, there is a bounty of lessons here for all writers.

Tasha Poljaková said...

His education:
Ph.D. 1988 Shevchenko Institute of Literature, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
M.A. 1982 Kiev Teachers' Training Institute of Foreign Languages
B.A. 1973 Kiev State University
http://faculty.slavic.fas.harvard.edu/volodymyr-dibrova/home

Tasha Poljaková said...

His publications:
Чайні замальовки. Пульсари, Київ, 2011 (Tealuxe Sketchbook. A collection of short stories. Kiev, Pulsary, 2012).
Правдиві історії. Факт. Київ, 2010. (Based on True Stories. A collection of short stories. Kiev. Fact, 2010).
Андріївський узвіз. Роман, Факт, Київ, 2007. (Andrew’s Way, A novel, Kiev, Fact, 2007)
Довкола столу. П’єси. Факт. Київ, 2005. (Around the Table. Plays, Kiev, Fact)
Проект: Діброва. Вибрані оповідання та драма. Четвер, №14, Львів, 2002. (Project: Dibrova. A Collection of Short Stories and Drama. Chetver. Lviv, 2002)
Вингане. Вибрані твори. Критика, Київ, 2002. (Vybhane - Crumpled. Selected Fiction and Frama. Krytyka, 2002.)
Збіговиська. Оповідання. Київ. Критика. 1999. (Get-togethers, A Collection of Short Stories, Kiev, Krytyka, 1999).
http://faculty.slavic.fas.harvard.edu/volodymyr-dibrova/pages/publications

Tasha Poljaková said...

Dibrova, Volodymyr, born 11 August 1951 in Donetsk. Writer, playwright, translator, and literary critic. Dibrova graduated from the Faculty of Romance and Germanic Languages at Kyiv University in 1973 and, in 1988, obtained his candidate of philology degree from the Institute of Literature of the Academy of Sciences of theUkrainian SSR. He specialized in Irish literature and wrote his dissertation on the prose of Flann O’Brien. Between 1992 and 1994 Dibrova was the head of the English Department at the Kyiv Mohyla Academy National University. Since 1996 he has lived in the United States. Initially a writer-in-residence at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, he now works as a Ukrainian-language instructor at Harvard University.
http://www.encyclopediaofukraine.com/display.asp?linkpath=pages%5CD%5CI%5CDibrovaVolodymyr.htm

Tasha Poljaková said...

A representative of the so-called ‘lost generation’ of Ukrainian writers, Dibrova began writing poetry and prose in the late 1960s, but was able to publish his works for the first time only in 1986 when one of his poems appeared in the journal Ukraïna.

Tasha Poljaková said...

In the meantime, in 1978, he began publishing literary translations and later became known for his Ukrainian renditions of the works of Samuel Beckett and Eugene Ionesco (his translation of Beckett’s novel Watt was awarded theMykola Lukash Prize in 1991).

Tasha Poljaková said...

From 1986 his literary criticism began to be published by Vsesvit and other journals. Between 1987 to 1989 several of his short stories appeared in Moloda hvardiia, and his first two books of prose, Teksty z nazvamy i bez (Texts with and without Titles) and Pisni Bitlz (Beatles Songbook), were published in Kyiv in 1990 and 1991. They were followed by several journal publications of his short stories and novellas and a collectionZbihovys’ka (Get-togethers, 1999), all of which won him the reputation of one of the most respected prose writers of his generation. In 1996, two of his novellas were published in the United States in the English translation as Peltse. Pentameron.

Tasha Poljaková said...

In 1992 Dibrova began publishing his dramatic works, strongly influenced by the aesthetics of the theater of the absurd, but, at the same time, exhibiting the characteristic features of the Soviet ‘sots-art’ literature of the 1980s. A book of his selected prose and drama that included his popular novel Burdyk (first published in 1997) appeared as Vybhane (Crumpled) in 2002, while his collected plays were published as Dovkola stolu. Piesy (Around the Table. Plays) in 2005. His novel Andriivs’kyi uzviz (St. Andrew’s Way) was awarded the BBC Ukrainian Service Book of the Year Prize in 2007.