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A Tale Of Two Villages
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.