- About the book
DetailsOur Others: Stories of Ukrainian Diversity is an award-winning exploration of both the histories and personal stories of fourteen ethnic minority groups living within the boundaries of present-day Ukraine: Czechs and Slovaks, Meskhetian Turks, Swedes, Romanians, Hungarians, Roma, Jews, ‘Liptaks’, Gagauzes, Germans, Vlachs, Poles, Crimean Tatars, and Armenians. Based on a combination of academic research, fieldwork, and interviews, Olesya Yaremchuk’s literary reportages paint realistic, thoughtful, and historically informed depictions of how these various groups arrived in Ukraine and how they have fared within the country’s borders. Accompanied by vivid photographs that bring the reportages to life, Our Others is in some respects a chronicle of the myriad voluntary and forced migrations that have rolled through Ukraine for centuries. Simultaneously, the book offers a tender—and timely—study of the little islands of cultural diversity in Ukraine that have survived the Soviet steamroller of planned linguistic, cultural, and religious unification and that deserve acknowledgement in Ukraine’s broader cultural identity. The volume’s contributors are: Marta Barnych (contributing co-author), Anton Semyzhenko (contributing co-author), Ostap Slyvynsky (foreword)
- The author
About the authorOlesya Yaremchuk is an acclaimed Ukrainian author and journalist focusing on travel anthropology, cultural and national identity, and the frontier. She holds a degree in journalism from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. Her doctoral dissertation, entitled Travel Anthropology in the Literary Reportages of Joseph Roth, was completed in 2018 jointly at this same institution and the University of Vienna, where she held an OeAD Research Fellowship. Yaremchuk has served as the editor-in-chief of the Choven Publishing House, a Ukrainian press specializing in reportage and documentary literature, and has contributed as a journalist to various publications both in Ukraine and abroad. She is a winner of the Samovydets Literary Reportage Award and the LitAccent of the Year Award, both in Ukraine, as well as a finalist of the ADAMI Media Prize and the Lviv UNESCO City of Literature Award.
Marta Barnych is a Ukrainian graphic designer, artist, and journalist.
Anton Semyzhenko is a journalist and editor. In 2018, he received the Honor of the Profession Journalism Award in Ukraine.
The author of the foreword:
Dr. Ostap Slyvynsky is a Ukrainian poet, translator, and literary critic, who currently teaches Eastern European literature at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.
Zenia Tompkins is an American literary translator and the founder of the Tompkins Agency for Ukrainian Literature in Translation (TAULT), a nonprofit literary agency and translation house.
Hanna Leliv is a literary translator in Ukraine. Her translations from English have included books by Stephen Hawking, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Ernest Hemingway.
Reviews"The stories in Our Others are, first and foremost, about rupture and dispersion—of individual people, families, and entire nations. The author has taken on a great responsibility: of lending a voice to the unheard, to those society prefers to not notice, to those who are permitted to express themselves and become visible only within predefined limits."—Bohdana Romantsova, PhD, literary critic
"Yaremchuk’s reportages truly are artistic, with emotional 'hooks' at the beginning and fat periods at the end, when you are left shaking with sobs before you’ve even turned the page."—Roman Kabachiy, PhD, journalist and historian
"Olesya Yaremchuk’s Our Others is a brilliant example of the documentary genre: The author attains a didactic (in the positive sense of the word) effect, not by lecturing, but simply by narrating. As you read, you appreciate how much work, skill, and soul were invested into the book. This book is deep and honest."—Hanna Uliura, PhD, literary critic
"'Our Others. Stories of Ukrainian Diversity' is not just a series of reports on national minorities. This book is primarily about the disappearance of memory. In a fresh and original voice, Olesya Yaremchuk tells the stories of ethnic communities in Ukraine that are on the verge of oblivion: some go abroad, others assimilate. In any case, their numbers decrease with every passing year. Will the next generation preserve the customs and traditions of its predecessors? And most importantly - are we Ukrainians ready to accept and celebrate "our others"?"—Lilia Shutiak, Apofenie, June 9, 2021
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