: Ukrainian writer among prestigious Goethe Medal winners

14:47 Jun. 16, 2016

Ukrainian writer among prestigious Goethe Medal winners

Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych poses during a portrait session on May 18, 2014 in Nantes,France. (Getty Images)

Yuri Andrukhovych awarded for rendering services to cultural exchange between Ukraine and Germany

Famous Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych is among three Goethe Medal winners.

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African photographer Akinbode Akinbiyi and Georgian National Museum Director David Lordkipanidze will also take home the prestigious award.

The Goethe-Institute has been awarding the Goethe Medal, an official honour bestowed by the Federal Republic of Germany, annually since 1955. The Medal honours figures who have performed outstanding service to convey the German language and promote international cultural relations. This year the focal point is on 'Migration of Cultures - Cultures of Migration', the official statement says. 

Yuri Andrukhovych was distinguished for translating German poets' works into Ukrainian, and for 'paving a new path to the German classics' for Ukrainian readers, according to the Goethe Institute representative.

 "With his own literary work he familiarized German readers with the literary territory of his home country. Migration and transitional movements through Europe have always been central themes of his writing", the statement on the official site of the Goethe Institute says.

Yuri Andrukhovych will collect his medal during the awarding ceremony, which will take place in the German city of Weimar, on August 28 – Johann Wolfgang Goethe's date of birthday.

On September 2, the Goethe Institute and the German Embassy in Ukraine will hold a ceremonial reception in Kyiv to honour the Ukrainian writer.

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Yuri Andrukhovych is a famous Ukrainian prose writer, poet, essayist, and translator. His most acclaimed works include ‘Perverzion' (1997) that tells a tragicomic story of the poet's last day in Venice, and ‘The Moscoviad' (1993) that depicts Moscow controlled by the notorious KGB security agents and Russia's sweeping imperial claims.

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