2013-12-04 12:10:21 - Amidst the political unrest that divides Ukraine lately, Eugenia Kononenko explores the Ukrainian burden of the “Russian scenario” in her new novel A Russian Story
He is young, intelligent, well educated, with patriotic sentiments. But certain misunderstandings oblige him to flee from Ukraine. For some reason, everything in his life builds up to a certain Russian scenario. So to what extent should one burden Ukrainians with the outcome of this Russian Story? Finding himself involuntarily identified with Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, the hero of the novel, Eugene Samarsky, becomes a 'superfluous man' in Ukraine.
The novel by Eugenia Kononenko deals with love and the quest for one’s own identity, with the vaguely remembered circumstances rendering life nonsensical in Ukraine during the last years of the empire and the early years of independence. It considers the possibility of a mid-Atlantic meeting in today's globalised world.
About the author:
Kononenko was born in Kiev. She studied mathematics at Shevchenko University, Kyiv and also French language and literature at Kiev Linguistic University. Now she is Research Associate in the Ukrainian Centre for Cultural Studies.
Eugenia Kononenko is a writer of fiction and a literary translator from French and English. She has published numerous short stories, several novels, children’s books and essays, as well as academic works based on her research in the fields of popular culture and gender studies. Some of Kononenko`s short stories have been translated into a number of languages. She is the recipient of several Ukrainian national awards.