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    Lys’ novel Stolittia Yakova (“Jacob’s Century,” KSD Publishers)
    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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