hi people)Yuri Andrukhovych was born on 13 March 1960 in IvanoFrankivsk, Ukraine. In 1982, he graduated from the Department of Editing at the Ukrainian Institute of Printing, where he studied journalism. He began to publish his poetry in literary journals in 1982. In 1985, together with Viktor Neborak and Oleksandr Irvaniets, Y. A. founded the popular literary performance group BuBaBu (BurlesqueBlusterBuffonery). This group was a seminal part of Ukrainian literary culture in the 1980 s, and its members continue to be active as writers.
Andrukhovych’s first book of poetry Sky and Squares appeared in 1985. Military service in 1983 1984 inspired him to write a series of seven army stories, which were published in 1989. The life of a soldier in the Red Army was also the subject of his screenplay A Military March for an Angel (1989), which was used for A. Donchyk` s film Oxygen Starvation (1991).
From 1989 until 1991, Yuri Andrukhovych studied at the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, where he was enrolled in Advanced Literary Courses. At the same time, he published two other books of poetry: Downtown (1989) and Exotic Birds and Plants (1991, new edition 1997).
Andrukhovych’s prose works, the novels Recreations (1992, new edition 1997), Moscoviada (1993, new edition 1997) and Perversion (1996, new editions 1997, 1999), had a great impact on readers in the Ukraine and abroad. Andrukhovych has participated in several international festivals and meetings for writers, for example: the Lahti Writer’s Reunion, Finland, 1997, and the Toronto Harbourfront Reading, Canada, 1998.
In November 1998, he was invited by American universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia, The Pennsylvania State University and La Salle University, to give literary readings.
Yuri Andrukhovych’s literary works have received several awards: Blahovist (1993), the award of the Helen ShcherbanLapika Foundation (1996), the Novel of the Year Prize from the prominent literary journal Suchasnist (1997), and the Lesia & Petro Kovalev Award (1998). His works have been translated and published in Poland, Canada, USA, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Russia and Finland.