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Two new Yuriy Tarnawsky novels!


JEF Books announces two new titles by Yuriy Tarnawsky!

AURORA, IL—February 16, 2019—Just published, two wonderful new novels by one of JEF’s best-known and most beloved authors, the inimitable Yuriy Tarnawsky! Help us welcome Warm Arctic Nights and The Iguanas of Heat!

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 Warm Arctic Nights is shown to have the warmth and beauty of the eternal arctic night. 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

In The Iguanas of Heat a woman possessed by an inexplicable hatred for her husband plans his death on their forthcoming trip to Mexico. It is unwittingly facilitated by a young girl with whom the husband falls in love. Yuriy Tarnawsky’s The Iguanas of Heat is a haunting, magical novel that seduces and mesmerizes. Here, memories are like hot colors with a deceptively cool undertow that draws us out into an existential sea. — Derek Pell, author of Naked Lunch at Tiffany’s
and What is Art?

Yuriy Tarnawsky is an author of some three dozen books of poetry, fiction, drama, essays, and translations in English and Ukrainian, including 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. 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.

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