Fiction. 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
"For those unfamiliar with Tarnawsky's work, WARM ARCTIC NIGHTS makes a perfect place to start—especially now, when debates over fascism and refugees are sadly once again at the forefront of the news...Lyrical, emotional, and compulsively readable, WARM ARCTIC NIGHTS and THE IGUANAS OF HEAT make remarkable additions to what was already a powerful body of work. Both are heartily recommended."—A.D. Jameson
Anna Procyks @ Bulletin of the Shevchenko Scientific SocietyFeature @ The RuptureA.D. Jameson @ American Book Review
Yuriy Tarnawsky has authored some three dozen books of fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and translations in Ukrainian and English, including three volumes of interrelated mininovels (his own genre) THE PLACEBO EFFECT TRILOGY (JEF Books, 2013), the novel WARM ARTIC NIGHTS (JEF BOOKS, 2019), the novel THE IGUANAS OF HEAT, the novel Three Blondes and Death, and a volume of heuristic poetry Modus Tollens. His affinity for animals is well exemplified in many of his works including CROCODILE SMILES (JEF Books. 2020). He was born in Ukraine but was raised and educated in the West. An engineer and linguist by training, he has worked as computer scientist specializing in Artificial Intelligence at IBM Corporation as well as Professor of Ukrainian Literature and Culture at Columbia University. He lives with his wife Karina in the New York City metropolitan area.Author City: WHITE PLAINS, NY USA