Perverzion

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Overview


What happened to Stanislav Perfetsky-poet, provocateur, and hero of Ukrainian underground culture? Some claim suicide. Some whisper murder. Some credit the grand Eastern European tradition of coerced suicide. But no one is sure. It may have something to do with those suspicious apartments he visited in Vienna . . . or that job as a dancer in a strip club for older ladies.
Or it may not.
PerVerzion reconstructs Perfetsky's final days using a ...
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Overview


What happened to Stanislav Perfetsky-poet, provocateur, and hero of Ukrainian underground culture? Some claim suicide. Some whisper murder. Some credit the grand Eastern European tradition of coerced suicide. But no one is sure. It may have something to do with those suspicious apartments he visited in Vienna . . . or that job as a dancer in a strip club for older ladies.
Or it may not.
PerVerzion reconstructs Perfetsky's final days using a mishmash of relics, from official documents to recorded interviews to scraps of paper. Perfetsky, the personification of a Ukrainian artistic superman (for example, he plays countless musical instruments so well he has collaborated with Elton John during the star's secret sojourn in Ukraine), is bound for Venice to participate in a seminar. On the way he becomes a Ukrainian Orpheus, descending into the sophisticated decadence of the West, navigating through surrealistic adventures and no less surrealistic seminar topics as he charges head up (and pants down) toward his fate.
A work of sly, subversive humor and fantastic wordplay, PerVerzion is a look into the new Ukraine's post-Soviet literary culture by one of the country's foremost contemporary writers.
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"A thoughtfully executed translation."  --Slavic and East European Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810119642
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Writings from an Unbound Europe
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Sales rank: 1,166,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Yuri Andrukhovych was born in 1960 in Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine. He is the author of numerous short stories and three volumes of poetry, and currently co-edits the journal Thursday. His other books include Recreations.

Michael M. Naydan is a professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Penn State University. He is the coeditor of From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine and translator of The Complete Early Poetry Collections of Pavlo Tychyna. With Slava I. Yastremski, he has translated Marina Tsvetaeva's After Russia and Igor Klekh's A Land the Size of Binoculars, also published by Northwestern University Press. 

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Table of Contents


Translator's Acknolwedgments
Yuri Andrukhovych: Writing at the Edge of New Europe
Perverzion
Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2005

    RELEASE THIS BOOK ALREADY

    RELEASE THIS BOOK ALREADY It was supposed to go to press 3 years ago. What's the problem?

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