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Odessa’s Unique, Disappearing “Tea Factory”

It’s easy to overlook Odessa’s Kanatnaya Street. As one of the busiest and longest roads in the city — packed with food shops, cafes,...

Gapa Guzhva

Val Vinokur has just published "The Essential Fictions," a newly translated collection of the works of Odessan Jewish writer Isaac Babel. This story was...

The New Dictionary Of Received Ideas

In the late 19th century, the French novelist Gustave Flaubert compiled Le Dictionnaire des idées reçues (The Dictionary of Received Ideas), an encyclopedia of...

Make Ukrainian Street Photography Mainstream

It’s hardly a surprise that cities are becoming a subject of academic study. Sociology, history, landscape urbanism and more general “urban studies” have all...

“Myth” Offers A Nuanced Portrayal Of Singer Wassyl Slipak And The War In Ukraine

As a documentary, “Myth” could have easily descended into hero worship. It had all the prerequisites: a talented and extravagant protagonist, a patriotic theme,...

Eduard Bagritsky’s “Smugglers”

This rendition of a classic modernist poem was translated by Boris Dralyuk, the Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read our long...

The Escape

Translated from the Ukrainian by Reilly Costigan-Humes and Isaac Stackhouse Wheeler. “The Escape” was published in Andriy Lyubka’s 2016 book of short fiction “A...

New Anthology Celebrates the Rebel Composers of Ukraine’s Sixties

Back in the day, they were outcasts writing ideologically suspect music. Now, their works are being recognized as some of the most important compositions...

Theater On Empire’s Edge

The recently published “Beau Monde on Empire’s Edge: State and Stage in Soviet Ukraine” by Mayhill C. Fowler (University of Toronto Press, 2017) details...

Returning Agnon To Ukraine

In 1966, the Israeli writer Shmuel Yosef Agnon was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his book “A Guest for the Night”. Set...