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My Odessa: Yulia Verba

The writer Yulia Verba has just published a very funny book of short stories “Spawn of the Moldovanka” about her childhood in Odessa’s Moldovanka neighborhood. She first trained as an engineer, though she did...

Kateryna Babkina

Kateryna Babkina — is a master of literature, in the sense that all of her many occupations, actions and interests, are in one way or another connected with literature. By education Katya is a...

My Odessa: Zhanna Kiseleva

My choice of a favorite spot in Odessa is prosaic — it’s 5a Oleshi Street, and I live here. This used to be quarantine housing, there are two arches connecting the two buildings. It...

KVN and Odessa: Between Humor and Politics

KVN (Club of the Cheerful and Resourceful) is both a game and a TV show, created for Soviet TV in the middle of the last century. KVN is a combination of student's comic theater,...

Andrea Chalupa Answers Four Questions About Orwell

1.Let us begin with Orwell. There is a resurgence now of interest in the work of Orwell with all of the issues surrounding fake news, propaganda, and social media eating our elections. Why do...

Jazz Improv, Odessa-style

Yuri Kuznetsov, Odessa’s great Jazz man sadly passed away in May of 2016. The Odessa Review is commemorating Kuznetsov through the words of his friend Sergei Ostashko. The two friends got into some amusing trouble two...

Jamala: The Voice Of Ukraine

Raised on jazz, soul and the traditional songs of her Crimean Tatar people. She experienced the temptations of easy fame and betrayal. She lost her family home to annexation and conflict. Persevering, she won...
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Yuri Kuznetsov, Odessa’s Great Jazz Pianist Passes On

This morning Odessa said goodbye to Yuri Kuznetsov, it’s greatest Jazz pianist, with almost five hundred of his friends and loyal fans gathering for a daytime service in the philharmonic building. Kuznetsov was the...

Leonid Utesov: Was He Really Playing Jazz?

Leonid Utesov is Considered by Many to be Greatest Singer of his Generation, the ‘Soviet Sinatra’’. While he Considered Himself to be a Proponent of Soviet Jazz, Some of his Peers Did not Agree....

A Home For Tolerance And Equality In Odessa

According to the Human Rights Watch report of 2016, homophobia and intolerance towards the LGBT community are still widespread throughout Ukraine. Gay people are often attacked physically and undergo diverse forms of social opprobrium...