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- September 24, 2016 at 1:24 am #347163
Lys’ novel Stolittia Yakova (“Jacob’s Century,” KSD Publishers) was
acknowledged as the best selling book in Ukraine 2010. This family saga tells the story of a
man in the whirlwind of 100 years of history. “Jacob Century” is a history of the twentieth century
Ukraine through the prism of the life of one man. The drama unfolds in the period after the First World War to the
present day. From the linguistic point of view, it is interesting that the book uses real VOLYN POLISSYAN PATOIS dialect that is still actively used in Volhynian lands. (More on this dialect here: http://esnuir.eenu.edu.ua/bitstream/123456789/3353/1/Yavors.pdf and here: https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B0%D1%85%D1%96%D0%B4%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%BB%D1%96%D1%81%D1%8C%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B9_%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B2%D1%96%D1%80
“Jacob’s Century” has now been turned into a 4-part series to air on Ukrainian television beginning on September 30, 2016.
In terms of plot,
the film covers the last hundred years of Ukrainian Volyn farmer, Jacob (Yakova)
Mekha, from the village of Zhorany. https://uk.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%97%D0%B3%D0%BE%D1%80%D0%B0%D0%BD%D0%B8
100 years old Jacob
rescues an addict, Lena, who wandered
into his village. He recounts for her his life story, which covers most of the
twentieth century. His various loves include Juliana, whose family wants her to
marry a wealthier man, his service in
the Polish Army, the woman, his Polish wife, Zosia, and children who are killed
in Ukrainian-Polish massacre, his capture by the Germans, Stalin’s Soviet
Union, and other dramatic post-war events.
All is remembered by Jacob, who
lives in his old house in Volyn.
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