Sweet Darusya

A Tale Of Two Villages

Maria Matios

Translated from the Ukrainian by Michael M. Naydan

and Olha Tytarenko


ISBN  978-1-947980-93-8      222 pages        $16.00


To my mind Maria Matios’ Sweet Darusya is the best contemporary Ukrainian novel written since Ukrainian Independence in 1991. It unfolds a family saga that is much more dynamic than classical sagas and at the same time is much more touching and engaging. It is an emotional history of Ukraine with a very well researched and vivid historical background that gives the reader the opportunity to understand not only the characters and their drama, but the entire drama of the country/countries in which they lived without leaving their village.

                Andrei Kurkov