• BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year Award 2016
  • Translated from the Ukrainian (original title: “Zabuttya”)
  • Complete English translation available
  • Translation rights with Kiwi except for Ukrainian

A profound novel of belonging and uprootedness, as understood by two exiles across time

Winner of the BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year Award, Forgottenness movingly—and unflinchingly—illuminates the intricacies of the Ukrainian experience in the twenty-first century.

In 2016, an exceedingly anxious narrator grapples with a host of conditions, from obsessive-compulsive disorder and alcoholism to a creeping sense of agoraphobia. As her symptoms deepen, she finds unexpected solace and companionship in researching the historical figure of Vyacheslav Lypynsky (1882-1931), a social and political activist of Polish descent who played a pivotal role in the struggle for Ukrainian independence — and just so happened to struggle with hypochondria. Through a series of mesmerizing digressions, the narrator’s own family saga is told in parallel with Lypynsky’s, culminating in “an impressively sincere self-inquiry about identity” (Jury of the Usedom Literature Prize, led by Olga Tokarczuk). Shot through with wry humor, this urgent work announces Tanja Maljartshuk as a major voice in world literature.  

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  • Publisher: Kiepenheuer&Witsch
  • Release: 14.02.2019
  • 288 pages
  • ISBN: 978-3-462-05220-6
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Blauwal der Erinnerung
George Eberle

Tanja Maljartschuk

Tanja Maljartschuk was born in the Ukraine in 1983. She studied Ukrainian philology and worked as a TV journalist for a couple of years. She has lived in Vienna/Austria since 2011 and received several awards and stipends. Her first book was published in 2004, for the novel Zabuttya (“The Blue Whale of Memory”), she received the BBC Ukrainian Book of the Year Award 2016. She received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize 2018 for her short story Frösche im Meer (“Frogs in the Sea”). In 2023 she was awarded the Theodor Kramer Prize for Writing in Resistance and Exile and in 2024 the Jeanette Schocken Prize.

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