The Tears and Smiles of Things

The Tears and Smiles of Things Stories, Sketches, Meditations - Ukrainian Studies

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Publisher's Synopsis

An evocative collection of vignettes and essays from Ukraine's "voice" of classical antiquity, now available in English for the first time.

Inspired by Virgil's exquisitely ambivalent phrase "sunt lacrimae rerum" (there are tears of/for/in things), Andriy Sodomora, the Ukrainian "voice" of classical antiquity, has produced a series of original vignettes and essays about things: the big things in our lives (like happiness, loneliness, and aging); the small things we do or see daily, rarely paying attention to them (like a tree's shadow or the kernels on an ear of corn); and the things (i.e., objects) to which we form connections. The selected stories presented here are the first English translations of Sodomora's profoundly intellectual and intertextual prose. Through his nostalgic memories and recollections, Sodomora takes readers on a journey through western Ukraine, as well as through world literature, from ancient Greece and Rome to the poetry of Paul Verlaine and Federico Garcìa Lorca.

This book has been published with the support of the Translate Ukraine Translation Program.

Book information

ISBN: 9798887194387
Publisher: Translate Ukraine Translation Program
Imprint: Academic Studies Press
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 132
Weight: 154g
Height: 203mm
Width: 127mm
Spine width: 8mm