Photo: Dash Arts (c) 2013
A literary evening with Oksana Zabuzhko held in London
5 June 2013
On 5 June, British cultural foundation Dash Arts held a literary evening with Ukraine’s leading contemporary author Oksana Zabuzhko with support from the British Ukrainian Society.
Focused on discussing Oksana Zabuzhko’s latest novel ‘The Museum of Abandoned Secrets’, the event took place at Rich Mix in London, also in partnership with English PEN, a global literary network, and its project the PEN Atlas.
The novel, translated to English by Nina Shevchuk-Murray, was published by AmazonCrossing in October 2012. Spanning sixty tumultuous years of Ukrainian history, this multigenerational saga weaves a dramatic and intricate web of love, sex, friendship, and death.
At its centre are three women linked by abandoned secrets of the past – secrets that refuse to remain hidden. From the dim days of World War II to the eve of Orange Revolution, ‘The Museum of Abandoned Secrets’ is an “epic of enlightening force” that explores the enduring power of the dead over the living.
Oksana Zabuzhko participated in a panel discussion with poet and writer Igor Pomerantsev and renowned Ukraine researcher Dr Andrew Wilson. Discussions focused on exploring the historical and political context of modern Ukrainian literature, and the role of fiction writers in determining the country’s contemporary identity. The event also featured music from Ukrainian performer and composer Olesya Zdorovetska.
Ukraine’s leading contemporary author, Oksana Zabuzhko worked as a Research Associate for the Institute of Philosophy of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences. She lectured in the US on Ukrainian culture at the Pennsylvania State University, Harvard University and University of Pittsburgh in 1992-1994.
Oksana Zabuzhko also worked as a columnist for some of Ukraine’s major magazines. Her 1996 novel ‘A Field Work in Ukrainian Sex’ was described as “the most influential Ukrainian book over the 15 years of its dependence”.