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Writer Victoria Amelina dies after sustaining injuries in Kramatorsk

Monday, 3 July 2023, 01:02
Writer Victoria Amelina dies after sustaining injuries in Kramatorsk

The PEN Club of Ukraine has reported that the Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina has died after being injured in Kramatorsk.

Source: PEN Ukraine 

Quote: "With our greatest pain, we inform you that Ukrainian writer Victoria Amelina passed away on 1 July st in Mechnikov Hospital in Dnipro. 


Her death was caused by fatal injuries which she incurred during the Russian missile attack on a restaurant in Kramatorsk on 27 June 2023."

Details: The PEN club explained that they were disseminating this sad news now that all of Victoria's relatives had learned about it and with their consent.

"Very soon her family members will announce the time and place of Victoria’s farewell gathering and funeral in Kyiv and Lviv," the PEN club of Ukraine added.

For reference: Victoria Amelina was born on 1 January 1986 in Lviv. During her school years, she moved to Canada with her father, but soon decided to return to Ukraine. She graduated with honours in 2007, receiving a master's degree in computer technologies from Lviv Polytechnic National University. She worked in international technology companies from 2005 to 2015.

Victoria's debut novel The Autumn Syndrome, or Homo Compatiens was published in 2014. The book was included in the top ten best prose publications according to the LitAccent of the Year 2014 award. The following year, the novel was republished, and it was shortlisted for the Valerii Shevchuk Prize.

In the same year, 2015, Victoria Amelina suspended her career in information technology to devote herself to writing. In 2016, her first children's book Someone, or The Water Heart, was published. Her next children's book Ee-stories of Eka's Excavator was published in 2021. The Staryi Lev Publishing House published Victoria's second novel Home for Home in 2017. The book was shortlisted for national and international awards: the LitAccent of the Year 2017, the UNESCO City of Literature Award, and the EU Prize for Literature Award. The Zaporizhzhia Book Society named Home for a Home the best prose book of the year.

Viktoria Amelina's works have been published in Polish, Czech, German, Dutch and English translations. Recently, the novel Home for Home was translated into Spanish.

In 2021, Victoria became the laureate of the Joseph Conrad Literary Award. In the same year, she founded the New-York Literary Festival, which took place in the village of New-York in the Bakhmut district of Donetsk Oblast.

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