Tanja Maljartschuk

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Tanja Maljartschuk (2016)

Tetjana “Tanja” Wolodymyrivna Maljartschuk ( Ukrainian Тетяна Володимирівна Малярчук ; * 1983 in Ivano-Frankivsk ) is a Ukrainian writer and journalist who lives in Vienna . She is the 2018 Bachmann Prize winner .

life and work

Author Tanja Maljartschuk signing a book (March 2019)

Maljarchuk studied philology at the University of the Subcarpathian Mountains in Ivano-Frankivsk and then worked for several years as a cultural and investigative journalist in Kiev . In 2011 she emigrated to Vienna.

In 2004 her first book Ендшпіль Адольфо, або троянда для Лізи (" Endgame Adolfo or a rose for Lisa") was published by the Lileja-NW publishing house in Ivano-Frankivsk. In 2006 Згори вниз followed. Книга страхів ("From top to bottom. The book of fears"). The volume of short stories Neunprozentiger Household Vinegar, published in 2009 by Residenz Verlag , was Maljartschuk's first book in German. Her novel Biography of a Chance Miracle followed in 2013 . The novel Забуття (“Oblivion”, 2016) was named “Book of the Year” by the BBC's Ukrainian program .

The author regularly writes columns for Deutsche Welle (Ukraine) and Zeit Online . Her text Russia, my Russia, how do I love you is known .

In her novel Blue Whale of Memory (KiWi, 2019; “Vergessenheit” would be the direct translation of the original title) she fictionally deals with the existence between the chairs in emigration and with the Ukrainian folk hero Vyacheslav Lypynskyj , who in the 1920s was also in Vienna ended up in emigration.


  • 2013: Kristal Vilenica of the International Literature Festival Vilenica ( Slovenia ) for the story The woman and her fish
  • 2013: Józef Konrad Korzeniowski Literature Prize from the Polish Institute in Kiev
  • 2016: Price Book of the Year by BBC Ukrainian for Забуття (oblivion)
  • 2018: Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for the German text Frogs in the Sea

Works published in German

  • Nine percent household vinegar . Stories (original title: Говорити / Hovoryty, translated by Claudia Dathe). Residence, St. Pölten / Salzburg 2009, ISBN 978-3-7017-1512-1 .
  • Biography of a random miracle . Novel (original title: Біографія випадкового чуда / Biohrafija vypadkovoho čuda, translated by Anna Kauk). Residence, St. Pölten / Salzburg / Vienna 2013, ISBN 978-3-7017-1612-8 .
  • From hares and other Europeans. Stories from Kiev (original title: Звірослов / Sviroslov, translated by Claudia Dathe). Edition FotoTAPETA, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-940524-30-0 .
  • Flooded (Original title: Повінь , translated by Harald Fleischmann). Ottensheim / Donau: Edition Thanhäuser 2016.
  • Blue whale of memory , Roman, 228 p., Translated by Maria Weissenböck, Kiepenheuer & Witsch , Cologne 2019, ISBN 978-3-462-05220-6 .

Web links

Commons : Tanja Maljartschuk  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Tanja Maljartschuk: Slumbering shame. In: Die Zeit Online. March 2, 2017. Retrieved June 25, 2017 . Tanja Maljarchuk: The prisoners of Russia. In: Zeit Online . November 24, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2017 .
  2. Tanja Maljartschuk: Protest by a Ukrainian author: Russia, my Russia, how do I love you. In: faz.net . March 10, 2014, accessed June 25, 2017 .
  3. Richard Kämmerlings: "Salt on our bride" , review of the blue whale of remembrance in the world from February 14, 2019, accessed February 15, 2019
  4. Tanja Maljartschuk wins the 2018 Bachmann Prize. In: Österreichischer Rundfunk . July 8, 2018, accessed July 8, 2018 .
  5. The text was deposited with ORF as PDF, Försche im Meer. Retrieved July 23, 2018 . The reading can be found on youtube, frogs in the sea. Retrieved July 23, 2018 .