Oksana Zabuzhko

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Stefanivna and the family name is Zabuzhko.
Oksana Zabuzhko
Oksana Zabuzhko, 2015.jpg
Born (1960-09-19) 19 September 1960 (age 55)
Lutsk, Ukrainian SSR
Occupation novelist, poet, essayist
Nationality Ukrainian
Genre Ukrainian literature
Notable works Field Work In Ukrainian Sex (1996)

Oksana Stefanivna Zabuzhko (Ukrainian: Окса́на Стефа́нівна Забу́жко) (born 19 September 1960) is a contemporary Ukrainian poet, writer and essayist.


Born in Lutsk, Ukraine, Zabuzhko studied philosophy at the Kiev University, where she also obtained her doctorate in aesthetics in 1987. In 1992 she taught at Penn State University as a visiting writer. Zabuzhko won a Fulbright scholarship in 1994 and taught Ukrainian literature at Harvard and University of Pittsburgh. Currently Zabuzhko works at the Hryhori Skovoroda Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.



Zabuzhko is known both for her literary works and criticism. Her controversial bestselling novel Field Work in Ukrainian Sex was translated in eight languages. In her writing Zabuzhko draws a lot of attention to the questions of Ukrainian self-identification, post-colonial issues and feminism. Her book Let My People Go won the Korrespondent magazine Best Ukrainian documentary book award in June 2006,[1] "The Museum of Abandoned Secrets" - Best Ukrainian Book 2010.[2]

Selected bibliography[edit]


  • May Frost (1985) Травневий іній
  • The Conductor of the Last Candle (1990) Диригент останньої свічки
  • Hitchhiking (1994) Автостоп
  • Second Attempt (2005) Друга спроба


  • Field Research in Ukrainian Sex (1996) Польові дослідження з українського сексу
  • Sister, Sister (2003) Сестро, сестро
  • The Museum of Abandoned Secrets (2009) Музей покинутих секретів


  • Notre Dame d'Ukraine: Ukrayinka in the Conflict of Mythologies (2007) Notre Dame d’Ukraine: Українка в конфлікті міфологій
  • Let my People Go: 15 Texts About Ukrainian Revolution (2005) Let my people go. 15 текстів про українську революцію
  • The Fortinbras Chronicles (1999) Хроніки від Фортінбраса
  • Philosophy of the Ukrainian Idea and the European Context: Franko Period (1992) Філософія української ідеї та європейський контекст: Франківський період
  • Ukrainian Palimpsest. Conversations of Oksana Zabuzhko and Iza Chruslinska. ""Ukraiński palimpsest". Rozmowy Oksany Zabużko z Izą Chruślińską" 2013.

Zabuzhko's texts translated in English[edit]

  • O. Zabuzhko Girls, translated by Askold Melnyczuk.
  • O. Zabuzhko I, Milena in: The Third Shore: Women's Fiction from East Central Europe (Writings from an Unbound Europe) (Paperback) by Agata Schwartz, Luise von Flotow. Also found in: Two Lands, New Visions: Stories from Canada and Ukraine by Janice Kulyk Keefer (Editor), Solomea Pavlychko (Editor).
  • O. Zabuzhko Field Work In Ukrainian Sex, translated by Halyna Hryn. Las Vegas: AmazonCrossing, 2011
  • A Kingdom of Fallen Statues. Poems and Essays by Oksana Zabuzhko Transl. by Marco Carynnyk, Askold Melnyczuk, Michael M.Naydan, Wanda Phipps, Lisa Sapinkopf, Douglas Burnet Smith, and Virlana Tkacz. Toronto: Wellspring Ltd., 1996
  • O. Zabuzhko The Museum of Abandoned Secrets, translated by Nina Shevchuk-Murray. Las Vegas: AmazonCrossing 2012


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