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Oksana Zabuzhko
Conference at the Médiathèque André Malraux

Poet, writer, philosopher, essayist and speaker

With works ranging from poetry to literary criticism, Oksana Zabuzhko's  background as a philosopher and literary critic and her gift for language provide a solid foundation for her works of fiction.  Reflecting this range of writing styles, her novels are often peppered with her own poems or references to the world of verse.

Zabuzhko's poetry and non-fiction were already highly appreciated from early stages in her career but it is thanks to "Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex," first published in 1996 in Ukrainian and later translated into numerous languages, that she became a national best-seller and an internationally known writer. This provocative book with an equally charged title was clearly the most successful book of the nineties within Ukraine and has marked the Ukrainian culture with an indelible ink.  Her dedication to the language of her country and familiarity with Ukrainian history and traditions have served the culture well.  Her various works have now been translated into at least 8 languages and thereby have enriched the world with a new perspective into a country whose great culture is still somewhat of a mystery to an international audience.  

Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex” is a powerful book that presents very modern and feminist ideas, but in ways that are much subtler and subversive than the title may suggest.  Celebrated already with multiple awards she continues to produce excellent and thought provoking work.  Her latest novel, “The Museum of Abandoned Secrets” (already translated into English and due to appear in Early 2012) has also received high honours and will help to project her ideas throughout Ukraine and well beyond its borders.  

The official web site -> http://zabuzhko.com/

An extract in English from "Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex"

The conference

The conference will be held in English and Ukrainian with French interpretation. 

For more information about the event see the poster (PDF).

MICT is very pleased to support this conference at the Strasbourg Médiathèque André Malraux as a partner organisation with Le Cercle Economique France-Ukraine,  l'Association Alsace-Lorraine-Ukraine, the Ukrainian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and the Goethe Institute.

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