New Ukrainian acquisitions : the August 2018 Slavonic items of the month

Last August’s Slavonic blog post looked at new literature from Ukraine.  A year on, particularly with the centenary this month of the foundation of the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine, it feels appropriate to look at some of this summer’s most recent Ukrainian-language arrivals.

Links to iDiscover records: book on left — middle book —  book on right

The University Library’s financial year runs from August to July, so the summer is always a busy time for our colleagues in the Materials Processing department who receive the books we have selected and ordered and deal with invoices.  There is inevitably a rush of arrivals towards the end of the financial year, as our suppliers from around the world push to make sure that as many books as possible are received and paid for within the same financial year in which they were ordered.  Among the many recent Slavonic arrivals are a good couple of dozen or so books in Ukrainian.  The covers of 15 of these new arrivals feature in this post.

Links to iDiscover records: top row: book on left — middle book —  book on right
bottom rowbook on left — middle book —  book on right

Thanks to changes brought in last year, these books already show in iDiscover even though not quite all of them have – at the time of writing – been fully catalogued and classified.

The events of recent years in Ukraine remain a major subject in publishing output and this is true in the sample of new books shown here, as is often evident from the cover illustrations.  Among the new titles are also philological works – a book about the 20th-century poet Mykola Bazhan is among those shown below, for example, and Iurii Andrukhovych’s latest novel is among those in the pictures above.  Historical subjects include the architecture of L’viv (below) and Black Sea Germans in the 18th and 19th centuries (at top).

Links to iDiscover records: top row: book on left — middle book —  book on right
bottom rowbook on left — middle book —  book on right

Recommendations for new Ukrainian books to buy are always welcome – do get in touch.

A list of events and other activities to celebrate the National Library of Ukraine’s anniversary can be found here in Ukrainian (select other languages from the drop-down menu in the top right-hand corner of the page).

Mel Bach
slavonic@lib.cam.ac.uk

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