Questions tagged [your-ad-could-go-here]

Questions about the short-story collection 'Your Ad Could Go Here' (2020) by Oksana Zabuzhko. Use with the tags [oksana-zabuzhko] and [ukrainian-literature].

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Why does "Your Ad Could Go Here" state that the Orange Revolution lasted for three weeks?

The Orange Revolution protests were called for on November 21, 2004 in response to election fraud in their 2004 Presidential election. Eventually, the Supreme Court ordered a re-vote on December 26, ...
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Is "An Album for Gustav" referring to the author's language skills?

In An Album for Gustav, Oksana Zabuzhko tals When people ask me this question and I try to answer, every time I feel like I come up against a solid wall inside myself, a profound lack of desire to ...
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Was Milena's husband evading taxes?

At one point in I, Milena, Milena's husband (who is a photographer) complained that someone had swindled him. When Milena suggested taking them to court, he said What court, are you kidding? On what ...
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Why are Santa Barbara, Denver, and Dallas held up as examples of the glamorous high life?

From I, Milena in Your Ad Could Go Here, Did they (the women [who appeared on Milena's show], not the moths - although who could say with confidence what a moth is thinking?) Perhaps dream that by ...
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What is an Akhmatovian nose?

I, Milena by Oksana Zabuzhko (in Your Ad Could Go Here) contains the following quote: If anyone has forgotten, let me remind you: Milena talked to jilted women. There were old ones among them and ...
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Was a pumpkin a symbol of rejection of a suitor?

From The Tale of the Guelder Rose Flute in Your Ad Could Go Here: Hannusia honestly did not feel she was being too choosy with the lads - she always refused the matchmakers, who, during the first ...
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Did Effie receive insulin shock therapy?

At the school reunion in Girls, one former classmate recounted having seen Effie: Last summer, Marinka says, by accident, on the street, "I didn't recognize her." She says that you, Effie, ...
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When did the Soviet government start admitting that people were killed in Afghanistan?

Early on in the Soviet war in Afghanistan, the Soviet government went to great lengths to cover up the exact nature of the war, telling everyone that the troops were planting trees, building bridges, ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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