Some Ukrainian summer arrivals : the August 2019 Slavonic items of the month

Each August for the last couple of years, we’ve drawn attention to recently received Ukrainian books.  Amongst this year’s titles is a wonderfully and mind-bogglingly detailed list of biographical details gleaned, chiefly from obituaries, from a newspaper printed in the city of Lemberg/Lwów/Lʹviv from 1880 to 1939.  Four sizeable volumes in, we have only reached 1904.

First, however, here are six new titles which span tragedy and light-heartedness, academic and light reading.

iDiscover records for these books (starting top left, ending bottom right) are linked to from their titles, followed by a single-line summary:

Among the group of recent arrivals I pulled out for this post was also some church-related material:

The English summary of the set from v. 2

And finally, the set mentioned at the beginning.  The newspaper Діло (Dilo) was first produced in 1880.  Published initially less frequently, it soon became a daily newspaper, and was the first and most important Ukrainian-language paper in Galicia.  During its publication, from 1880 to 1939, the newspaper’s home changed hands and names.  Initially, it was Lemberg, the capital of Austro-Hungarian Galicia.  Following the First World War, it became part of Poland and was called Lwów.  The final issue of the newspaper came out on the 15th of September 1939, in the middle of the Battle of Lwów; shortly after the city would formally take the Ukrainian name of L’viv.  The city and region had had a significant Ukrainian population throughout Dilo‘s existence and, as the English summary from volume 2 (see illustration) explains, the newspaper provides a remarkable insight into the lives and make-up of this population.

Each volume provides information for a certain span of years and is divided into two main parts – death notices and bio-bibliographical publications.  The latter part captures data about an individual as mentioned in the newspaper, providing quotations/summaries and the section of the paper the mention came in (chiefly Novynky (News)).  For a major figure such as the writer Ivan Franko, the list in each volume is long and provides biographical news as well as a list of his written contributions to Dilo.  It is, however, the capturing of death and bio-bibliographical information for all individuals whose names appeared in the paper that makes the set such an interesting and important source.  Each volume ends with an index for personal names and also one for geographical names.

The first four volumes, of which the latest is the recent arrival, will stand at C215.c.6364-6367.  Seven more spaces have been saved for the remainder of the set, assuming a pattern of one volume for each 5 years up until 1939, and we shall have to see whether those spaces are sufficient in the end.

The set so far

Recommendations for new Ukrainian titles are always welcome – please do send them in to

Mel Bach

3 thoughts on “Some Ukrainian summer arrivals : the August 2019 Slavonic items of the month

  1. Thank you, Mel Bach, Head of Collections and Academic Liaison and Slavonic Specialist, for helping build the Ukrainian collection in the University Library. – Olenka Pevny, University Lecturer in Slavonic Studies and Director, Cambridge Ukrainian Studies Programme

    • Hi Paul, thanks for your question. I don’t believe that ‘Slidy na dorozi’ or ‘Karateli’ have been published in English yet, no. They are very new publications in the original Ukrainian so I think it would be some time before they came out in translation, if they do. If I find out that they are available in English, I’ll update this comment. Mel

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