New Yorker published “The Ukraine”, a story by Ukrainian writer Artem Chapeye, who joined the Armed Forces
The New Yorker published in English an excerpt from the story “The Ukraine” by Artem Chapeye. In the book the author tried to convey a holistic image of Ukraine as it really is.
“The ‘the’ article is considered politically incorrect, a reference to the times when Ukraine was part of the tsarist Russian Empire. I used it as code for the ‘real’ Ukraine, as opposed to the façade. This ‘the Ukraine,’ which lies beyond the façade of tourism (including domestic tourism), feels like the raw reality of the country,” — said Chapeye in the interview with The New Yorker.
Since the war started, Artem Chapeye joined the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “This is quite surreal. In one reality, you’re a private (the lowest rank) in the Army. In another, you’re answering questions for The New Yorker. And these realities just don’t intersect; like, I’m somehow ashamed to brag about The New Yorker to my comrades here, where what really matters is that I don’t lose vigilance while guarding them, and that we fix a truck malfunction, etc.,” the author said.