Driven by an unquenchable thirst for the unknown and boundless imagination, a boy learns about the nature of life in an idyllic pre-WW II Poland and nightmarish WW II Ukraine. Life in Yuriy Tarnawsky’s latest novel is shown to have the warmth and beauty of the eternal arctic night.
“By turns reminiscent of Zweig’s The World of Yesterday and Kosinsky’s The Painted Bird, Yuriy Tarnawsky’s Warm Arctic Nights is a swift and deeply engrossing fictive memoir of an idyllic childhood whose martial and masculine tenets presage an onslaught of inhumanity and fear. Steeped in subtle irony and the surreal, it is also a sui generis act of remembrance, memorial, and love.” —Michael Mejia, author of TOKYO and Forgetfulness.
About the Author
Yuriy Tarnawsky is an author of some three dozen books of poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and translations in English and Ukrainian, including the novels Meningitis, Three Blondes and Death, and The Iguanas of Heat, the collections of short fictions Short Tails and Crocodile Smiles, The Placebo Effect Trilogy, comprising the collections of interrelated mininovels (his own genre) Like Blood in Water, The Future of Giraffes, and View of Delft, and a volume of Heuristic Poetry Modus Tollens. An engineer and linguist by training, he has worked as computer scientist specializing in Artificial Intelligence at IBM Corporation and professor of Ukrainian Literature and Culture at Columbia University. He was born in Ukraine, but was raised and educated in the West. For his contribution to Ukrainian literature, in 2008, he was awarded the Prince Yaroslav the Wise Order of Merit by Ukrainian government. He resides with his wife Karina in the New York City Metropolitan area.