Questions tagged [ukrainian-literature]

Questions about works of literature that were originally written in the Ukrainian language, regardless of where they were originally published.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
-1 votes
0 answers
7 views

Was pigskin leather easier to acquire in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic than cattle leather?

In Girls (part of Your Ad Could Go Here), Darka's mother had the "little joy" of getting a leather coat: Everything that followed in her life was fine with her: marriage, poverty, children, ...
user avatar
5 votes
1 answer
231 views

What is a "more bankable nationality"?

The short story Girls by Oksana Zabuzhko (in Your Ad Could Go Here) features Darka meeting a girl of apparently high social status: Rivka... smelled of homemade vanilla cookies, vacations at a spa in ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
39 views

Do history majors at Ukrainian universities typically have to do archaeological field work?

In Voroshilovgrad, when Herman and Ernst met at the airport at the first time, they had the following discussion: "... What'd you major in?" "History." At this, his expression ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
28 views

Was there a book written about jazz in the Donetsk region?

In Voroshilovgrad, the Presbyter gave Herman a book called The Development and Decline of Jazz in the Donetsk Region. Olga expressed some degree of surprise that they played jazz there at all, and ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
25 views

Is there an abandoned Soviet airport near Luhansk?

In Voroshilovgrad, Ernst Thalmann lives at an abandoned Soviet airport that he's trying to resurrect. I'm a little unclear about the exact location of this in the book, but I would assume that it's ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
37 views

What is the Ukrainian equivalent of a community college?

At one point in Voroshilovgrad, Injured and Herman go from the old airport to what's referred to in the books as the community college dorms. I'm slightly confused by this translation, since I don't ...
user avatar
3 votes
0 answers
34 views

Is there actually a "railroad to nowhere" on the border between Ukraine and Russia?

In Voroshilovgrad, Herman had the following discussion with some smugglers about some rail on the border of Ukraine and Russia: "There's a railroad here?" I asked. "Well, yeah," ...
user avatar
0 votes
0 answers
45 views

How do you move a factory by rail?

In Voroshilovgrad, Herman meets someone who owns his own train. He mentioned that there were certain tracks that were built in case there was a war, so that they could move factories east: "Do ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
32 views

Why does the translator's introduction to "The Complete Kobzar" claim that Ukraine has the sixth-highest per capita consumption of alcohol?

The translator's introduction to The Complete Kobzar briefly describes some social problems in Ukraine; among other things, the translator claims that: According to the World Health Organization, ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
30 views

Why did the priest arrive in an ambulance?

In Voroshilovgrad, Herman and a few of his friends attended a funeral. At one point, a priest evidently arrived in an ambulance: An ambulance rolled up to the building a bit later. A young man hopped ...
user avatar
8 votes
2 answers
4k views

Why would a Ukrainian police officer speak broken Ukrainian?

From Stalking the Atomic City, The police might be lying in wait, ready to ambush you, or they might not. I might notice the glow of a cigarette or the silhouette of their car. I might hear them ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
32 views

What was this dubious medical facility by the salt lakes?

When Herman and Olga were trying to straighten out the paperwork for the gas station, they realized they need to track down a director of an oil depot for some help with some paperwork. However, they ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
20 views

How is this an imitation of Communist Party convention speeches?

Chapter 5 of Stalking the Atomic City contains the following quote: Then an hour of walking to the highway and another hour to Tamil Town Hall - a furnished building with a couch, a stove, a couple ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
1k views

Can you actually be arrested for public smoking in Ukraine, like this passage implies?

Chapter 5 of Stalking the Atomic City contains the following quote: I'm standing at the bus station, in the corner, next to a trash can. That way, the patrol officers won't notice me and arrest me ...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
127 views

Why does "Stalking the Atomic City" use English units?

The following quote appears in chapter 4 of Stalking the Atomic City: Once, it was ninety-five degrees Fahrenheit, and my backpack weighed twenty-five pounds, on top of that. Why does the book use ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
41 views

Is Markiyan Kamysh at risk of radiation-related illness?

In Stalking the Atomic City (which was published in English yesterday), Markiyan Kamysh reports visiting the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone multiple times per year starting 2010, often for a week at a time ...
user avatar
2 votes
0 answers
49 views

How did Herman and Ernst know how many Tiger tanks were produced?

The following dialog occurred in Voroshilovgrada: "Herman, you're a history buff, right?" "Sure." "Then you probably know how many Tigers were produced in the Reich?" &...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
46 views

Why did Herman claim that there's no racism in Africa?

"Herman," he said. "What would you do if you came into a lot of money? Like a million..." ... "I'd buy a house... in Africa." "What would you want to do with a house ...
user avatar
4 votes
1 answer
54 views

Why did Injured tell the other players to focus on trapping the ball cleanly?

In Voroshilovgrad, when Herman and his team were about to play soccer against the "gas guys", Injured urged his teammates to focus on trapping the ball cleanly: "All right, guys," ...
user avatar
1 vote
0 answers
31 views

Why did the Accountant's poor vision preclude him from playing soccer?

In Voroshilovgrad, when Herman and his friends played soccer against the "gas guys", the gas guys has 12 players, including their accountant (who they didn't let play due to his poor vision):...
user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
38 views

Which AC/DC album were they playing in "Voroshilovgrad"?

Prior to playing a soccer game, the players demand some music, and someone obliges by playing some AC/DC from "circa 1981" whose "terrible guitar licks sent us back to a black pit" ...
user avatar
3 votes
1 answer
205 views

Why was the Gypsy so annoyed about being asked if they have tonic and gin at the bar?

When Herman first went to go see Olga about the state of his brother's gas station, they went to a bar neither of them had been in in quite awhile. They had the following rather odd exchange with one ...
user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
41 views

What did Herman mean when he claimed that operators monitor people's conversations?

Voroshilovgrad states the following (from the perspective of Herman, the main character): Telephones exist for breaking all kinds of bad news. They make people sound cold and detatched. I guess it's ...
user avatar