The Ukrainian Book Institute has announced a list of 30 iconic books of Ukrainian Independence. The project is dedicated to literary works and publications that were printed from 1991 to 2021.
The all-Ukrainian informational and educational action “30 iconic books of our Independence” dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Ukraine’s Independence gathered 267,815 votes cast by 34,797 Ukrainians.
The books receiving the most votes are:
- “The Case of Vasyl Stus” by Vakhtang Kipiani (Vivat, 2019) – 9,535 votes;
- “Three Hundred Poems” and “Notes by the Ukrainian Madman” by Lina Kostenko (“A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ga”, 2012 and 2010) – 8,233 and 8,086 votes;
- “Black Crow” by Vasyl Shklyar (“Family Leisure Club”, 2009) – 6,732 votes;
- “Alphabet” by Ivan Malkovich (“A-ba-ba-ha-la-ma-ha”, 1999) – 6,343 votes.
“Personally, I absolutely agree with this TOP-30. Such competitions are extremely important for the promotion of reading in general. They focus on Ukrainian books, Ukrainian authors. I want to believe that the majority of the list of thirty will be included in the plan of obligatory reading by every Ukrainian. Because getting acquainted with them will definitely give an impetus to read a Ukrainian book, a Ukrainian author even more” – Minister of Culture and Information Policy Oleksandr Tkachenko commented.
The online voting started on September 15 on the website of the project “30 iconic books of our Independence”. It lasted until October 15.