Fortunate Fallings

Fortunate Fallings

154 pages


Genre: Literary Novel, Essay, Narrative Nonfiction

Yevgenia Belorusets is a Ukrainian photographer who lives between Kyiv and Berlin. Her photographic work calls attention to the more vulnerable sections of Ukrainian society: queer families, out-of-work coal miners, the Roma, people living in the warzone in the East. She has just published a book of stories called Fortunate Fallings about women living in the shadow of the now-frozen, now-thawing conflict in the Donbass region, caused by Russian military intervention after the Kyiv Maidan of 2014. The book’s linguistic eclecticism—the stories are in Russian but the publisher and packaging are Ukrainian—silently defies hardline cultural propaganda in both countries. Apart from being political, Fortunate Fallings is also an astonishingly intelligent, moving, and exquisitely written work of ironic European literature.

German title: Glückliche Fälle
ISBN: 978-3-95757-776-4
Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin
Publication date: 2019
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Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russische Föderation, United States, United Kingdom

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Yevgenia Belorusets is a Ukrainian photographer who lives between Kyiv and Berlin. Fortunate Fallings is her first novel.

"Full of humour are the prophetic-absurd stories of these Ukranian women these mythological beings of everyday life. Belorusets lets the visible and the invisible swap places here - even the war has hidden in the park. Political theories, the Beckett absurdity of post-Soviet consciousness merge here into a unique voice unheard before." - Katja Petrowskaja