Taras Prokhasko

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Taras Prokhasko
Born (1968-05-16) 16 May 1968 (age 55)
Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukrainian SSR
Occupationnovelist, essayist
GenreUkrainian literature
Notable worksThe UnSimple (2002)

Taras Prokhasko (Ukrainian: Тарас Богданович Прохасько; born 16 May 1968) is a Ukrainian novelist, essayist and journalist. Together with Yuri Andrukhovych a major representative of the Stanislav phenomenon.[clarification needed] Writing of Taras Prokhasko is often associated with magical realism, his novel «The UnSimple» has been compared to One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. Biologist by education Prokhasko's prose has been called to have features of "philosophy of a plant" for its dense and meditative character.[1]

He is nephew of writer Iryna Vilde and brother of translator and essayist Yurko Prokhasko.


Taras Prokhasko studied botany at Lviv University. In 1989–1991 he took part in student protests for the independence of Ukraine. After graduation he took different jobs at the Ivano-Frankivsk Institute of Karpathian Forestry, scholl teacher, bartender, animator on "Vezha" radio, art galleries, newspapers, on TV. In 1992–1994 he edited the avant-guarde literary journal "Chetver". In 1993 and 1994 he acted in short films "Flowers of St. Francis" and "Escape to Egypt" (winner of the Delyatyn video art festival). Worked as a journalist at "Express", "Postup", "Telekrytyka" and "Halytskyi korespondent" newspapers. In 2004 Prokhasko spent several months in Kraków on the «Stowarzyszenie Willa Decjusza — Homines Urbani» foundation scholarship.


  • 1997 – Smoloskyp prize
  • 2006 – first prize for fiction from "Korespondent" journal
  • 2007 – third prize for documentary writing from "Korespondent" journal
  • 2007 – Joseph Conrad prize from the Polish Institute in Kyiv
  • 2013 – BBC Book of the Year, Litakcent roku for "Who will make the snow"


  • Other Days of Anna (Інші дні Анни)
  • FM Halychyna (FM Галичина)
  • The UnSimple (НепрОсті)
  • Lexicon of Mysterious Knowledge (Лексикон таємних знань)
  • One Could Make Several Stories from This (З цього можна зробити кілька оповідань)
  • Port Frankivsk (Порт Франківськ)
  • «Ukraina» together with Serhiy Zhadan
  • «Galizien-Bukowina-Express» with Jurko Prokhasko and Magdalena Blashchuk
  • Cause it's This Way (БотакЄ) /
  • Who Will Make the Snow (Хто зробить сніг) with Maryana Prokhasko
  • One and the Same (Одної і тої самої)
  • Taras Prokhasko conducted a series of long interviews with contemporary Ukrainian writers and intellectuals (Oleh Lysheha, Yuriy Izdryk, Yuri Andrukhovych, Oksana Zabuzhko, Borys Gudziak, Yaroslav Hrytsak, Vasyl Herasymyuk), which were published in "The Other Format" book series
  • Yes but... (Так, але...)
  • Because it is so (Бо є так)


Prokhasko's writings were translated in English, German, Polish, Belarusian and Russian.

Texts available in English[edit]

  • «Necropolis» in «Two Lands, New Visions» (1998) anthology
  • «The UnSimple», 2011
  • FM Galicia


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