Called the most
influential Ukrainian book for the fifteen years of independence, Oksana
Zabuzhko’s Fieldwork in Ukrainian Sex became an international
phenomenon when it shot to number one on the Ukrainian bestseller list and
remained there throughout the 1990s. The novel is narrated in first-person
streams of thought by a sharp-tongued poet with an irreverently honest voice.
She is visiting professor of Slavic studies at Harvard, and her exposure to
American values and behaviors conspires with her yearning to break free from
Ukrainian conventions. In her despair over a recently ended affair, she turns
her attention to the details of her lover’s abusive behavior.
In detailing the
power her Ukrainian lover wielded over her, and in admitting the underlying
reasons for her attraction to him, she begins to see the chains that have defined
her as a Ukrainian woman—and in doing so exposes and calls into question her
country’s culture of fear and repression at the very time that it wrestled its
way toward independence. Download and start listening now!