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Halyna Vdovychenko  [ Ukraine ]

Ukrainian journalist and writer Halyna Vdovychenko was born in 1959 on the Kola Peninsula. She studied at the department of philology of the »Ivan Franko« National University of Lviv. In 2008, Halyna Vdovychenko made her début with the novel »Pivyabluka« (tr: Half of an Apple), the first edition of which sold out within a month. It tells the story of four friends in Lviv — an editor, a designer named Iryna, a proofreader, and a TV presenter — who one day come across a strange souvenir: a mysterious wooden apple that has the magic power to change the life of the protagonist in whose life it appears. Halyna Vdovychenko’s second novel »Zamok Gerbutiv« (tr: Herburt Castle) won first prize in the long prose category at the »Koronacija slova – 2009« competition and was published under the title »Tamdevin«. In it, a successful Ukrainian artist who has made a career in Russia travels to a remote village near an old castle at the invitation of a former classmate. There, in the wilds of the Carpathian Mountains, a scientist researches the behavior of wolves in the wild and cares for three newborn wolf cubs who have lost their parents, until an unexpected encounter with the artist radically changes his life and those of the wolves. Halyna Vdovychenko’s first children’s book, the fairy tale »Mishkovi Mishi« (tr: Mishka’s Mice) with illustrations by the artist Anna Sarvira, was published in 2011. It was followed by many more children’s books, most of them illustrated. In 2015, the first part of the trilogy »36 i 6 kotiv« (tr: 36 and 6 Cats), about the adventures of stray cats, was published; it was added the reading program in the primary and secondary education system in Ukraine. »Sova, jaka chotila stati shajvoronkom« (2018; tr: The Owl Who Wanted to Become a Lark) was included in the 2019 »White Raven«, a prestigious annual international catalogue of book recommendations. The story is about an owl who wants to sing at night like a lark. »We often try to bend ourselves in order to become someone we’re really not. We shouldn’t have to want to be someone else, because each of us is unique«, said Halyna Vdovychenko when summarizing her book. Her novel »Bora« was published in 2011. The title, which evokes the island of the same name in the Pacific Ocean, but also a »cold, gusty wind« (Greek), tells the story of the author Khrystyna Bora, who has written only one novel so far and whose life changes abruptly when she takes on a fairy-tale inheritance in the form of an old house on the outskirts of Lviv. Halyna Vdovychenko’s novel »Mariupolskij proces« (2015; tr: Mariupol Process) addresses the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine, which has been ongoing since February 2014, and uses a love story to tell less about the war itself than about the lives of people in wartime. 

Halyna Vdovychenko is deputy editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper »Vysokyi Zamok« and lives in Lviv. 

 

Bibliography

 

Півяблука [Half of an Apple]

Нора-Друк

Київ, 2008

 

Замок Гербуртів (Тамдевін) [Herburt Castle (Tamdevin)]

Нора-Друк

Київ, 2009

 

Хто такий Ігор? [Who is Igor?]

Нора-Друк

Київ, 2010

 

Мишкові Миші [Mishkas Mices]

[iлюстрації Анни Сарвіри]

Грані-Т

Київ, 2011

 

Бора [Bora]

Клуб сімейного дозвілля

Харків, 2011

 

Маріупольський процес [Mariupol process]

Клуб сімейного дозвілля

Харків, 2015

 

Засинай. Прокидайся [Fall asleep. Wake up]

[ілюстрації Віолетти Борігард]

Видавництво Старого Лева

Львів, 2016

 

Ось відкрита долоня [Here is an open palm]

[ілюстрації Тетяни Гущиної]

Клуб сімейного дозвілля

Харків, 2016

 

36 і 6 котівдетективів [36 and 6 cats-detectives]

[художнє оформлення Наталії Гайди]

Видавництво Старого Лева

Львів, 2017

 

Сова, яка хотіла стати жайворонком [The Owl who wanted to become a Lark]

[художнє оформлення Христини Лукащук]

Чорні вівці

Чернівці, 2018

 

Чорна-чорна курка [Black, black chicken]

[художнє оформлення Наталії Гайди]

Видавництво Старого Лева

Львів, 2018

 

 

Ліга непарних шкарпеток [The League of Odd Socks]

[художнє оформлення Арсена Джанікяна]

Видавництво Старого Лева

Львів, 2019

 

Найважливіше наприкінці [The most important thing comes in the end]

Видавництво Старого Лева

Львів, 2019

 

Котохатка [Cat hut]

[художнє оформлення Наталії Гайди]

Видавництво Старого Лева

Львів, 2019

 

Містельфи [Mistelfi]

[ілюстрації Анни Ломакіної]

Видавництво Старого Лева

Львів, 2020

 

36 і 6 котів-рятувальників [36 and 6 catsrescuers]

[художнє оформлення Наталії Гайди]

Видавництво Старого Лева

Львів, 2021