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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.jpg
First edition cover
Author Marina Lewycka
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Comedy novel
Publisher Viking Press
Publication date
31 March 2005
Media type Print (Hardback& Paperback)
Pages 336 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 0-670-91560-2 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 57382192

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian is a novel by Marina Lewycka, first published in 2005 by Viking (Penguin Books).[1]

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.


  1. ^ Koning, Christina (19 February 2005). "A Short History of Tractors by Marina Lewycka". Times Online (London). Retrieved 7 August 2009. 

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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

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