The All-Encompassing Eye of Ukraine

The All-Encompassing Eye of Ukraine

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One of the most important realist novelists of nineteenth-century Ukraine, Ivan Nechui-Levyts'kyi was caricatured and then forgotten by a generation of literary modernists who rejected his aesthetic and ideological views. In The All-Encompassing Eye of Ukraine, Maxim Tarnawsky presents a thorough and much-needed reexamination of Nechui-Levyts'kyi and his work. A solitary, modest man whose chief interest was in promoting and defending a Ukrainian identity threatened by the cultural policies of the Russian Empire, Levyts'kyia€™s writing described Ukraine, its people, its culture, and the forces threatening it. A satirist who attacked modernism and cosmopolitanism, he wrote in a style marked by what Tarnawsky calls non-purposeful narration a€“ slow-paced humour built on rhetorical finesse rather than on plot or character development. A vital reconsideration of a significant Ukrainian novelist written by the foremost expert on his work, The All-Encompassing Eye of Ukraine deepens and expands our understanding of Ukrainea€™s nineteenth-century literature.So too is the similarity between the characters in this ethnographic essay and those in his belletristic works; while no specific detail is repeated, there is a general similarity between some scenes and characters in Starosvitsa€²ki batiushky taanbsp;...

Title:The All-Encompassing Eye of Ukraine
Author:Maxim Tarnawsky
Publisher:University of Toronto Press - 2015-05-07


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