Modern Ukrainian Comics and Centennial Poems in the UK and USA

by Meifan Honcharuk
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Modern Ukrainian Comics and Centennial Poems in the UK and USA

"The New York Times" published a comic "What We Had To Lose", and the UK parliament got a collection of Shevchenko poems 

The American edition shared the comics of the Ukrainian illustrator Zhenya Oliinyk. The girl drew real stories of Ukrainians about life from the beginning of Russian aggression. Oliinyk begins the story in 2014 because it was then that Russia struck the first modern blow and began to recapture the territories of Ukraine and the everyday life of people. The illustrator shared her story – her boyfriend defended Ukraine, and he returned alive from the zone of the anti-terrorist operation but forever changed. In the end, he died at 28 years old. The comic also tells about the Veterano Brownie bakery, which was closed, and all funds from the furniture sale were spent on purchasing a drone for the defenders of Ukraine.

"I wrote this trying to understand the sorrow for the life we could have, a life without Russian violence and terror," Oliinik wrote on Twitter.

Now Americans have the opportunity to get acquainted with the real life of Ukrainian people. The English also have the opportunity to learn about the struggle of the Ukrainian people, but with the help of the famous Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko. He lived in the 19th century, but even then, he fought with Moscow for the freedom of Ukraine. This is all reflected in the verses. Now one of the copies of the collections – the most famous Kobzar – is in the English version in the Library of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

2 different eras, different people form the culture of Ukraine, which is now learned abroad. Unfortunately, these stories have a common feature – Russia's oppression of the Ukrainian people.

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