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Metamorphoses of Reality: New Writing from Ukraine

In three pieces from Ukraine selected by Oleksandr Mykhed, Sashko Ushkalov finds a job applicant with unusual experience, Taras Antypovych’s gravediggers confront the end of their profession, and Tanya Malyarchuk shares secrets of pest control. This collection was originally featured in the August 2014 issue of Words Without Borders.

Metamorphoses of Reality: An Introduction to New Ukrainian Writing
By Oleksandr Mykhed
It is through the fantastic that the reader arrives at the everyday.
Translated from Ukrainian by Iryna Shuvalova
Multilingual
Panda
By Sashko Ushkalov
“Looks like you’re a liar. Is that correct?”
Translated from Ukrainian by Iryna Shuvalova
April 2045: The Hole
By Taras Antypovych
“And while we’ve been busy digging graves we’ve missed it all.”
Translated from Ukrainian by Uilleam Blacker
Multilingual
The Rat
By Tanya Malyarchuk
“I poisoned you, my love,” Alevtyna purrs.
Translated from Ukrainian by Michael M. Naydan
Multilingual
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