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The specifics of childhood in the stories of Oleg Sentsov

Author(s): Katarzyna Jakubowska-Krawczyk
Subject(s): Cultural history, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Studies of Literature, Ukrainian Literature, Philology
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: childhood; Ukrainian literature; Sentsov; experience of generation
Summary/Abstract: Eight short stories published under the collective title Lives is an introduction to the world of history of an adolescent boy. They were written on the basis of the author’s personal experiences, but they represent the experience of an entire generation. The narrative he undertakes partly serves to build his own identity. Hence, extracting successive facts from memory and creating structures out of them performs not only a literary function. The manner of narration presented by Sentsov inspires empathy and accentuates the child’s helplessness towards the system. A great story touches everyone, even the youngest. The disintegration of the system affects not only the functioning of the state and its structures, but most of all individual social groups, individuals and their families.