Mondegreen: Songs about Death and Love - Harvard Library of Ukrainian Literature (Paperback)
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Mondegreen: Songs about Death and Love - Harvard Library of Ukrainian Literature (Paperback)

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Paperback 204 Pages
Published: 19/04/2022
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Following the journey of a Russian-speaking refugee from the Donbas region to a radically different cultural environment in Kyiv at the outbreak of the 2014 conflict, Mondegreen is a dynamic tour de force of linguistic fireworks and vivid imagery that speaks intensely to notions of Ukrainian identity and belonging.

Mondegreen tells the story of a refugee from Ukraine's Donbas region who has escaped to Kyiv at the onset of the Ukrainian-Russian war.

Written in beautiful, experimental style, the novel shows how people-and cities-are capable of radical transformation and how this, in turn, affects their interpersonal relations and cultural identification.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674271708
Number of pages: 204
Dimensions: 203 x 127 mm


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True to its title, Rafeyenko’s Mondegreen is a tapestry of Soviet rock lyrics, traditional folk ballads, the poems of Taras Shevchenko, and contemporary literary memes, all filtered through the ears of a Ukrainian language learner…Given the complexity of the text, it’s astonishing how much Andryczyk was able to impart in his English version. Moreover, the translation leaves the reader not with a sense of loss but with a feeling that over the horizon there is a tantalizingly rich and vibrant world that one can only access if they too learn Ukrainian…Mondegreen is truly indulgent, a lyrical celebration of words and their power, not just to express but to transform. - Lillian Posner, Los Angeles Review of Books

Playful and allusive, with bursts of fantasy and nightmare, in the tradition of magic realism. - Luke Harding, The Guardian

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“Linguistic repositioning in a time of war”

This book is mad in every way.

I was waiting for this for a few months now when I read about it being translated into English. It’s a story of a refugee from Ukraine’s Eastern Donbas region who fled to Kyiv at the... More

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