My Final Territory: Selected Essays

My Final Territory: Selected Essays


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Yuri Andrukhovych is one of Ukraine's preeminent authors and cultural commentators. In recognition of his literary writings and his role as public intellectual he has received numerous awards including the Herder Prize, Hannah Arendt Prize, and the Goethe Medal.

My Final Territory is a collection of Andrukhovych's philosophical, autobiographical, political, and literary essays, which demonstrate his enormous talent as an essayist to the English-speaking world. This volume broadens Andrukhovych's international audience and will create a dialogue with Anglophone readers throughout the world in a number of fields including philosophy, history, journalism, political science, sociology, and anthropology. In their introduction Michael Naydan and Mark Andryczyk reveal a somewhat lesser-known side of Andrukhovych's writings that place him alongside such writers as recent Belarusian Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich. Ten of the twelve essays in this volume, including his seminal work “Central-Eastern Revision,” are appearing for the first time in English. My Final Territory showcases Yuri Andrukhovych's unique voice and provides insight into Ukrainian experience of nationality and identity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487501716
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 02/12/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 793,606
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Yuri Andrukhovych is one of Ukraine's preeminent authors and cultural commentators.

Mark Andryczyk obtained his PhD in Ukrainian Language and Literature from the University of Toronto.

Michael M. Naydan is Woskob Family Professor of Ukrainian Studies at The Pennsylvania State University.

Table of Contents

A Biographical Preface and A Note on Yuri Andrukhovych's Most Personal Essay

Michael M. Naydan

En Route Endeavors

Mark Andryczyk

Author's Introduction

Yuri Andrukhovych


The Central-Eastern Revision (Expanded version 2005)


Erz-Herz-Perz (1994)

The City-Ship (1994)

Carpathologia Comosphilica (1996)

Time and Place, or My Last Territory (1999)

A Little Bit of Urban Studies (1999)

What Language are You From: A Ukrainian Writer among the Temptations of Temporariness (2002)

Meeting Place Germaschka (2002)

Four Million for Our Agents (2003)

Land of Dreams (2004)

The Star Absinthe: Notes on a Bitter Anniversary (2011)

Love and Hatred in Kiev (January 2014)

Seven Hundred Fierce Days, or the Role of a Contrabass in the Revolution (March 2014)


What People are Saying About This

Myroslav Shkandrij

"Combining playful memoir writing, history, fiction, and travelogue, My Final Territory gathers Andrukhovych's best essays from 1996 to 2011, highlighting his views of Galicia, Lviv, Kyiv, and attitudes toward Poles, Russians, and the Soviet past. Most importantly, Andrukhovych is concerned with questions of identity, their complexity and the whimsical grounds on which they are constructed.

This translation of My Final Territory captures Andrukhovych's 'lightness of touch' admirably. The English-language reader learns much about Ukraine that will be novel, eye-opening, and inspiring. This is the most valuable achievement of the collection. It allows the reader to hear and see from the perspective of an outstanding contemporary Ukrainian writer and intellectual who engages with the opinions about his country held by others."

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