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What to bring from Ukraine: 10 books that will be the best gifts


Each of us creates the image of modern Ukraine. For example, gifts with which we want to thank Europeans for their hospitality during the first months of a full-scale war spent in safety. “Chitymo” has selected 10 books, representing Ukraine in all its beauty and cultural wealth. Choose and give with pleasure!

Ukraine from above

Ukraine from above is designed to demonstrate the beauty of Ukraine in all its diversity: from the Carpathian Mountains to the constructivist architecture of Kharkiv, from the red waters of Lake Sivash to the brilliance of the Great Lavra bell tower in Kyiv. “Ukraine from above” is designed to demonstrate the beauty of Ukraine in all its diversity: from the Carpathian Mountains to the constructivist architecture of Kharkiv, from the red waters of Lake Sivash to the brilliance of the Great Lavra bell tower in Kyiv.

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Ukraine: Food and History

One of the best cookbook about traditional and modern Ukrainian dishes, designed to work for cultural diplomacy with its articles, recipes and delicious photos. Someone gives Ukraine: Food and History to foreign friends, new acquaintances who have taken refuge in European countries, or business partners who want to fill information gaps in everything related to Ukraine.

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Ukrainian Cuisine in 70 Dishes

What is the authentic Ukrainian cuisine, and which forgotten dishes deserve a revival? Ievgen Klopotenko is answering these questions in his new book. He has spent several years exploring Ukrainian cookbooks from different eras, travelling across Ukraine and consulting with historians to develop his own vision of the Ukrainian cuisine. This book compiles 70 recipes that could bridge the gap between the Ukrainian culinary past and the present. You will rediscover the long forgotten Ukrainian dishes with a contemporary twist and new takes on old favorites.

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The Imaginative World of Heorhii Narbut and the Making of a Ukrainian Brand

Heorhii Narbut is the most important Ukrainian modernist graphic designer of the twentieth century. RODOVID in cooperation with UIMA in Chicago present published research by Prof. Myroslava M. Mudrak, The Imaginative World of Heorhii Narbut and the Making of a Ukrainian Brand, funded by the Ukrainian Culture Foundation in Kyiv.

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The Art of Ukrainian Sixties

The Art Of Ukrainian Sixties is the first comprehensive edition to represent various aspects of the unofficial artistic culture of 1960s Ukraine, surveying all key figures of the period.

The extensive visual materials have been provided courtesy of museum collections, private collectors, and the artists’ families. The rigorous selection of works reproduced in the present edition is the result of innumerable consultations with artists, scholars, and museum teams specializing in this influential period in Ukrainian art history.

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UPHA Made in Ukraine

UPHA Made in Ukraine is the first book published by BOOKSHA. The work on the project started in 2017. The book is the result of creative work by the participants of the Ukrainian Photographic Alternative group. For the final version of the book, 57 photographers were selected with 82 art projects, which, according to the publisher’s research, document the important social, political, cultural and historical metamorphosis in Ukraine and around the world, and depict how photography in Ukraine has been developing. 

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Kyiv by Sergiy Maidukov

The famous Ukrainian illustrator, whose work was published by The New Yorker, Washington Post, New York Times, The Guardian and other authoritative media, created an art book dedicated to Kyiv. The book’s pages allow you to travel through the city, looking at it through the prism of Maidukov’s imagination. You can get to know the author of unique illustrations thanks to the preface and the text of his conversation with Ukrainian journalist Oleksiy Tarasov.

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A story about Ukraine. Anthem of glory and freedom

This bilingual book will tell young readers in Ukrainian and English the history of Ukraine through the lines of the National Anthem. Where Ukrainian culture originates, which outstanding personalities made Ukraine famous throughout the world, why Ukrainians are proud of their country and how they fought for its independence, and how brave Ukrainian soldiers still have to defend their Motherland from enemy encroachments – children will learn about all this by reading Olena Kharchenko’s book and Michael Sampson and looking at the wonderful illustrations by Polina Doroshenko.

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My ABC book

“My ABC book” is the English alphabet so desired by many parents with new illustrations by the incomparable Kostya Lavr. Several generations of Ukrainians grew up on the wonderful publication “Alphabet”, which A-BA-BA-GA-LA-MA-GA was published in the early 1990s. Without exaggeration, this is one of the most favorite books of our children, and their parents too.

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Travelbook.Ukraine

A gift edition that will help you learn many interesting details about Ukraine’s history, its outstanding figures, natural wonders, art, sports, architecture, science. Although the book was created for children from 9 to 12 years old, its content will also captivate adult readers.

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