Oksana Zabuzhko is a Ukrainian poet, writer and critic based in Kyiv. She made her poetry debut at the age of twelve, however, because her parents had been blacklisted during the Soviet purges of the 1970s, it was not until the perestroika period that her first book was published. She is a graduate of Kyiv’s Shevchenko University, with a PhD in the philosophy of art, and has spent time as a Writer-in-Residence at several US universities. She has also worked as a research associate at the Philosophical Institute of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences and is the vice-president of Ukrainian PEN. She has published 17 books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction and has been translated into fifteen languages. In 2006, her novel Польові дослідження з українського сексу [Field Work in Ukrainian Sex] (published in 1996) was named “the most influential Ukrainian book of the 15 years of independence”. Her latest novel, Музей покинутих секретів [The Museum of Abandoned Secrets], was published in 2009 and has been available in English translation since 2012.
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