Oksana Zabuzhko: Польові дослідження з українського сексу (Fieldwork In Ukrainian Sex)

The latest addition to my website is Oksana Zabuzhko‘s Польові дослідження з українського сексу (Fieldwork In Ukrainian Sex). Zabuzhko opens this novel all guns blazing and rarely lets up. She has been in a relationship with a fellow Ukrainian but has now broken up with him and she has no hesitation in telling us why. He was abusive, self-centred, thought only of his own needs and thought he was God’s gift to women. While much of the book is crtitical of him, she extends her criticism to men in general – It’s just that they all want to talk, splattering saliva and sperm they want a gulp of you. The book was published in 1996 when Ukraine and, in particular, the Ukrainian language were not well-known outside Ukraine and she complains that she is expected to speak Russian and explain where her country is. Our home is your language, a language only about a few hundred other people in the whole world can still speak properly. She is harsh and confrontational and tells her story very well

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