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December 27, 2017

Presentation of Andriy Valentínov’s Book Series “Argentina”


On December 20, 2017, Karazin University held a presentation of Andriy Valentinov’s book series Argentina. The event took place with the participation of the author.

The event was attended by the Director of the University Central Scientific Library, Iryna Zhuravlova, the science-fiction writers Dmytro Hromov and Oleh Ladyzhenskyi, the Head of the Department of Ukrainian Studies of the School of Philosophy, Dmytro Chornyi.

“I am acquainted with Andriy Valentinov’s works quite a while and I like his books very much. While working, he just ‘immerses’ in the epoch, and sometimes he tries to test his hypotheses in other people. In my opinion, this is his characteristic feature as a writer, which I am very impressed with”, pointed out Mr. Chornyi at the beginning of the event.

Mr. Valentinov told those present about his life and work, “I belong to the old generation of modern science-fiction writers. I began writing in 1970’s of the XX century, but publishing as a professional only in 1990’s. The impetus for writing the ‘Argenita’ series of books was the events of 2013-2014. In general, it is planned to issue at least 12 books.”

The author also emphasized that the genre of this series of books is an alternative story. The first book describes the events taking place in 1936 and immersing the reader in the atmosphere of the XX century, but, of course, with the elements of science fiction. The name of the series is interesting, too. It turned out that the books have nothing common with the country of South America, and “Argentina” is the name of the asteroid invented by the author of the planet.

The writer spoke not only about his books but also about his own vision of life in general, touched on the theme of the history of modern science fiction and phenomena when the events of the book begin to come true in real life. According to Andriy Valentinov, after that some events from his books took place in real life, he promised not to write about the future, as “to write about the past safer”.

The presentation was held in a discussion format, so everyone could ask the writer questions. At the end of the event, Andriy Valentinov presented the University Central Scientific Library with an example of the series of books.

Translation by Inna Zaets

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