Cover Osteuropa 6-8/2022

In Osteuropa 6-8/2022

Against All Odds
The Ukrainian Book Market, 1991–2022

Jurij Marčenko, Oleksandra Koval’

Deutsche Fassung


After the collapse of the Soviet Union, a diverse private publishing landscape emerged in Ukraine. New authors took the stage. But the book market has faced setbacks again and again: the economic chaos of the early 1990s, the economic crisis of 2008-2009, the Russian aggression of 2014, and Russia’s invasion since February 2022. One consequence of the current situation is that books from Russia and Belarus are increasingly being replaced by books in Ukrainian, made in Ukraine. But as a result of the war, the economic and infrastructure problems in the Ukrainian book market are considerable.

(Osteuropa 6-8/2022, pp. 249–264)