A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a novel by Marina Lewycka, first published in 2005 by Viking (Penguin Books).
The novel won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize at the Hay literary festival, the Waverton Good Read Award 2005/6, and was short-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction, losing to Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Originally published in English, this book was translated into Ukrainian where it has received critical acclaim.
The novel details in comic form the varied reactions by two daughters when their widowed father marries a much younger Ukrainian immigrant. The father, a former engineer, is writing a history of tractors in Ukrainian, translated extracts from which appear throughout the text.
The first-person narrator is the younger daughter, Nadezhda. After their father decides he is going to re-marry after his wife's death, Nadezhda feels outraged and worried, especially when she meets the wife-to-be: the voluptuous gold-digger Valentina. The hurricane on their lives that is Valentina serves to bring together the two daughters against a common enemy, as the middle-aged divorcee's intent becomes increasingly clear. The family's secret history emerges as the troubles continue, and their father is gradually weakened by his fiancée until the hold is finally broken.
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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
Marina Lewycka, A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, filmed by Happenstance Radio
www.facebook.com/happenstanceradio/ Marina Lewycka reading an abstract from her book 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian', 29 June 2012, at Ukrainian Institute, London, organized by Ukraine.
Marina Levitska reads a page from a Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
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Oleksa Negrebetsky reads Marina Lewycka in Ukrainian
Oleksa Negrebetsky reads his translation of the 10th chapter of Marina Lewycka's book 'A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian'
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Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:30:48 -0800
Of Ukrainian origin herself, Lewycka paints a subtle but compelling portrait of a family who, despite their differences, find themselves brought together by their shared history and culture. Check out my review below and see what YOU had to say about it.
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Sat, 04 Oct 2014 15:04:56 -0700
I'm reading “A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian'' by Marina Lewycka , which I love, but this is my problem with novels. I want to drown in them, but I don't always have that kind of obsessive time. I picked up a novel by Emma Donoghue, “The ...
Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:28:52 -0700
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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:15:54 -0700
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Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:08:45 -0800
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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:09:35 -0700
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