Yuriy Vynnychuk

Country ...................... Ukraine
City ............................. Lviv
Category .................... Literature
Recommended by BMEIA
Period of stay ............ Nov 14

Yuriy Vynnychuk (* 18 March 1952, Stanislav) — Ukrainian journalist, writer and editor.

Educated in the Vasyl Stefanyk Subcarpathian National University (formerly Ivano-Frankivsk Pedagogical Institute), Faculty of Philology (1969–1973 years), a teacher of Ukrainian language and literature.

In 1974 he moved to the city and worked as a loader, graphic designers.

1987–1991 — director of Lviv Theatre of Variety "Do not worry!". He was the author of the script for the play "Do not worry!" and song lyrics. In 1990 he had to leave the theater and together with Stefka Orobets created "Cabarete Yurtsya and Steftsya".

1991–1994 — editor of mysticism and sensational newspaper "Post-Postup".

1995–1998 — chief editor of "Gulvіsa", Lviv.

1998–1999 — editor of the newspaper "Postup".

Since 2006 — chief editor of "Post-Postup" (restored).

Member of the Association of Ukrainian Writers (1997).

Vynnychuk's novel The Tango of Death was awarded the BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year for 2012. The novel is set in Lviv, in the period between the two world wars. The novel is marked with Vynnychuk's trademark fusion of tragedy and humor. The award was Vynnychuk's second BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year. He won the inaugural award in 2005 for his novel Spring Games In Autumn Gardens.


complete writing the novel of the 17th century Galicia


I received a scholarship to stay in the quartier21 in Austria after my novel «Im Schatten der Mohnblüte».
Im November 2014 I was working on a new novel, which will be published in August in Ukraine, and will betranslated in German language.

It was very interesting to stay in Vienna. I was not only engaged in creative work, but I had also time to visit Vienna´s museums. I also took part in the Vienna Book Fair:
Jurij Wynnytschuk: Im Schatten der Mohnblüte. Roman Freitag, 14. November, Beginn: 13 Uhr BUCH WIEN Buchmesse, Donau Lounge
Moderation: Cornelius Hell; Lesung und Gespräch gemeinsam mit Juri Andruchowytsch

I had also my own presentation at the Vienna University.
The conditions at residence quartier21 are ideal for a creative person. Unfortunately, one month is not enough to enjoy Vienna.
I wrote an article in the Ukrainian newspaper «Post-Progress" (which I’m editing) about my impressions of Vienna.