The 10 Best Contemporary Ukrainian Authors

Liubko Deresh

The young author wrote his first novel when he was 15 years old. At that time, his book engaged young adults and he was called the hope of Ukrainian writing. He has a unique manner of writing, and all his stories are mystical and fascinating. Kult, A Little Darkness, and Intention! are the must-reads, as well as his latest book, Devastation, published in 2017.

Serhiy Zhadan

He is the voice of Ukraine with his sincere and truthful works full of irony and self-expression. (I find him a bit vulgar.)

Oksana Zabuzhko

Oksana Zabuzhko grew up in an intelligent family who were repressed during the ruling of Stalin. She is a philosopher, publicist, writer, and poetess whose work is soaked with feminist motives and human relations issues.

Yurii Andrukhovych

Yurii Andrukhovich is the author of novels, short stories, poetry collections, and essays. He is a public activist who participated in the event of the 2014 Revolution of Dignity and the vice president of the Association of Ukrainian Writers.

Les Podervianskyi

A Ukrainian artist and playwright who is known for his scandalous image, Podervyanskyi is much more famous for his works that contain a lot of profanity and outrageous sayings then for his paintings.

Maria Matios

The works of Maria Matios won numerous awards, including the BBC Book of the Year in 2008. She is one of the best-selling writers and influential women in Ukraine, a former deputy at the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament), and an extremely fruitful writer.

Iren Rozdobudko

A contemporary writer, journalist, and screenwriter, Iren Rozdobudko is the author of almost 30 works of art. She is included in the top 10 most published writers in Ukraine. What is the most interesting is that Rozdobudko was a scriptwriter for the movie by Ukrainian director, Oles Sanin, The Guide (Povodyr), who was nominated for an Oscar in 2015.

Oleksandr Mykhed

Alexander Mikhed is a writer, literary critic, and curator of artistic projects at PinchukArtCentre (a contemporary art museum in Kiev). He created “Amnesia project: an open platform”—a literary and artistic multimedia project—the basis of which was his book Amnesia, published in 2013.

Lyuko Dashvar

Irina Chernova, a former journalist, writes under the pseudonym Lyuko Dashvar. Her novels are extremely popular in Ukraine. The story Milk With Blood, for example, sold 100,000 copies. Surprisingly, the prototypes of literary characters and stories are mostly heard or seen by the writer in real life.

Lina Kostenko

This poetess and writer is a legendary author in Ukraine and abroad. A distinctive feature of her works is intellectualism. In her poetry, the author constantly seeks the key to the mystery of being, and relates that to the history of the nation and the feeling of love. When the collection of her poetry Trysta poezij. Vybrane (300 poetries. Selected) was published, the book went out of stock within the first month.