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  • The award winning Ukrainian novel "Episodic Memory" published in first ever English translation

    Episodic Memory..

    A young girl roams the Steppe haunted by Cossacks and Gypsies

    Episodic Memory (2007) is both a prose masterpiece and a vast lyrical poem. It paints a picture of a Ukrainian village seen through the eyes of a woman remembering her childhood after her mother's death. The novel is so vivid it seems to be written in a kind of three dimensional ink. As you read this book you hear the news of Gary Powers's downed U2, crackling from a wireless under an Orthodox icon. You learn how to cure a gall bladder ailment by slaughtering thirty chickens, and meet the amateur peasant weatherman who builds an oversized dovecote to hide from a wife enraged by his meteorological obsession.

    Episodic Memory won the Shevchenko Prize in 2008 ... buy a copy now and immerse yourself in Holota's sensuous prose. You will almost certainly not have read a more beautiful, haunting, book.

    Read more about the launch of this powerful and disturbing novel here



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