13 July 2011 An interview with Andrukhovych in Le Courier
The talk with Yuri Andrukhovych hosted in Krakow during last year’s edition of the Conrad Festival by Teresa Węgrzyn resulted in the interview published in the pages of the Swiss magazine Le Courier. In the second edition of the Conrad Festival the poet attended the meeting entitled: Pępek Europy (The Hub of Europe), which was a part of a greater thematic section. Borderlands.
Yuri Andrukhovych – Ukrainian poet, novelist, essayist, translator and musician; founder of the poetic group Bu-Ba-Bu (along with Viktor Neborak and Oleksandr Irvanets), which had a significant impact on the Ukrainian literary scene. He was born in Ivano-Frankivsk, where he still lives and works. He studied graphic arts and literature in Lviv and Moscow and is a member of the Stanislav Phenomon – a literary and artistic community concentrated around the Galician city of Ivano-Frankivsk (before 1962 – Stanislav). His oeuvre is marked by a carnival logic, sophisticated word play and raging intellectualism, spiced with scepticism and irony. In his books, Andrukhovych creates a world that is an organic blend of poetic and fairy-tale reality with the bitter Ukrainian here and now. Privately: a Fish, father to writer Sofia Andrukhovych.