Design Miami/ x Anava Projects x Books & Books present:

The Book of Love

A fundraiser supporting the Books & Books Literary Foundation
and the urgent fight for the right to read

“Free people read freely.”
—Tracie D. Hall, Librarian and TIME100: The Most Influential People of 2023

In response to reactionary book bans and challenges proliferating across the US and beyond, The Book of Love brings together design creatives from around the globe to create limited-edition prints inspired by some of the most besieged titles. This initiative champions freedom of expression, thought, and access to information—because stories transform the way we see ourselves and the world.

Lend your support by purchasing a limited-edition print, commissioned exclusively for The Book Love. Artworks have been generously donated by:

AGO Projects
John Maeda
Michele Oka Donor
Rafael Prieto
Victoria Yakusha

Rive Roshan
Studio K.O.S.
Faye Toogood
Ronald Rael

Keep checking back! Additional artworks will be added to The Book of Love print collection between now and summer 2024.

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AGO Projects’ Rudy Weissenberg / Flamer by Mike Curato

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print features Rudy Weissenberg’s original artwork celebrating Flamer by Mike Curato, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges.

According to Weissenberg: “The image is a digital composite of rainbows taken from famous paintings executed during the last 400 years, sourced from royalty-free databases. It is a celebration of the rainbow throughout the ages—a natural phenomenon that stands as a proxy for calm, hope, and happiness and has been adopted since the 1970s by the LGBTQ community as a symbol of pride.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7

 

$200

About AGO Projects:
AGO Projects is a design-driven practice and designer representation space started by Rudy F. Weissenberg and Rodman Primack. Based in the energizing creative capitals of Mexico City and New York, AGO Projects is committed to incubating and promoting exceptional design voices. We work together with artists and designers to realize personal projects of various scales while actively enhancing international alliances and opportunities. We believe in the power of good design as an agent of positive transformation. We encourage the handmade and support artists and designers with a heightened level of social and environmental consciousness that strives for a more equitable society.

About Flamer by Mike Curato:
Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love. “This book will save lives.” —Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist Hey, Kiddo

It’s the summer between middle school and high school, and Aiden Navarro is away at camp. Everyone’s going through changes—but for Aiden, the stakes feel higher. As he navigates friendships, deals with bullies, and spends time with Elias (a boy he can’t stop thinking about), he finds himself on a path of self-discovery and acceptance.

AGO Projects’ Rudy Weissenberg / To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print features Rudy Weissenberg’s original artwork celebrating To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges.

According to Weissenberg: “The image is a re-composition of birds—in this case a mockingbird, a central theme of the novel by Harper Lee. Deconstructing, manipulating, and repeating fragments of bird images from 17th-century color prints, the aim was to create a colorful and textural tapestry celebrating the importance and complexity of these flying vertebrates.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7

 

$200

About AGO Projects:
AGO Projects is a design-driven practice and designer representation space started by Rudy F. Weissenberg and Rodman Primack. Based in the energizing creative capitals of Mexico City and New York, AGO Projects is committed to incubating and promoting exceptional design voices. We work together with artists and designers to realize personal projects of various scales while actively enhancing international alliances and opportunities. We believe in the power of good design as an agent of positive transformation. We encourage the handmade and support artists and designers with a heightened level of social and environmental consciousness that strives for a more equitable society.

About To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee:
Voted America’s Best-Loved Novel in PBS’s The Great American Read • Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep South—and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. One of the most cherished stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Studio K.O.S. / Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print features Studio K.O.S.’ original artwork celebrating Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges. The image comes from a 2020 video artwork entitled Invisible Man (after Ralph Ellison), resulting from the Collaborative Workshops for Transcendence through Art and Knowledge, led by Studio K.O.S., in which participants reflected on the novel’s ongoing relevance in our contemporary world.

According to Studio K.O.S.: “Who but Ralph Ellison says it best.: ‘I am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination — indeed, everything and anything except me.’

“The IM motif comes from the word VICTIM. Where the V, the I, and the C were cut off and left with the letters IM. Hence taking control of oneself, one’s lives, one’s fate while becoming visible.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7

 

$200

About Studio K.O.S.:
Studio K.O.S. is a collective of artists who are continuing the legacy of Tim Rollins and the Kids of Survival (K.O.S.), whose collaborative approach to making art began in the Bronx in the 1980s. What was manifested from their collaborations became a powerful body of work that can be seen today in over 120 museums and public collections worldwide including MoMA, The Tate Modern, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Studio K.O.S. currently consists of Angel Abreu, Jorge Abreu, Robert Branch, and Nelson Ricardo Savinon, original members who have remained active for over 30 years. They remain dedicated to the mission of empowering young people through exposure to art and literature. Studio K.O.S. is represented by Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia.

About Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison:
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this deeply compelling novel and epic milestone of American literature, a nameless narrator tells his story from the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. He describes growing up in a Black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood,” before retreating amid violence and confusion.

Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, James Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

John Maeda / Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print features John Maeda’s original artwork celebrating Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges.

According to Maeda: “Strega Nona was a book I loved reading to my children, because it was about cooking as a means to express love—something I learned from my father who was a cook who did the same for me. To learn years later that the book was banned for depicting witchcraft seemed counterintuitive to me, because cooking is a kind of chemistry—which in the old days was an acceptable form of sorcery. Plus the consistent moral of each Strega Nona story is that ‘love is the secret ingredient.’ The book feels like a positive story about the ‘magic’ of both science and the love we have for each other.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7
Signed by Artist

$200

About John Maeda:
“Maeda is to design what Warren Buffett is to finance.” —Wired Magazine
An early catalyst for generative art and computational design, John Maeda is an American technologist and product experience leader. He was recently named Chief Technology Officer at Everbridge and has held many high-profile leadership positions in the tech industry as well as serving on the board of esteemed organizations like the Cooper Hewitt Museum and Wieden + Kennedy. He was also President/CEO of the Rhode Island School of Design and Professor at MIT Media Lab.

Maeda many honors and recognitions include the White House’s National Design Award, the Tribeca Film Festival’s Clayton Christensen Disruptive Innovation Award for STEM to STEAM, the Blouin Foundation’s Creative Leadership Award, the AIGA Medal, the Raymond Loewy Foundation Prize, the Mainichi Design Prize, the Tokyo Type Directors Club Prize, and the induction into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.

About Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola:
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works in this classic Caldecott Honor book from Tomie dePaola.

Strega Nona—”Grandma Witch”—is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical everfull pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results. In this retelling of an old tale, author-illustrator Tomie dePaola combines humor in the writing and warmth in the paintings as he builds the story to its hilarious climax.

Michele Oka Doner/ Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print features Michele Oka Doner’s original artwork celebrating Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges.

According to Oka Doner: “Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man emerges from the shadows.
Fragments of earth, sod and soil, fill in the form and create a new Adam.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7

 

$200

About Michele Oka Doner:
Michele Oka Doner is an internationally renowned artist and author whose work spans five decades. Encompassing sculpture, public art, prints, drawings, functional objects, artist books, costume and set design, video, and other media, her artwork is fueled by a lifelong study and appreciation of the natural world, from which she derives her formal vocabulary. She is well known for creating over 40 public and private permanent art installations, including “A Walk On The Beach,” the mile and a quarter long bronze and terrazzo concourse at Miami International Airport. She is Ambassador for Arts and Culture for the City of Miami Beach and Guardian of the Great Miami Beach Banyan Tree.

Oka Doner’s work can be found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Chicago Art Institute, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (Smithsonian), the Louvre – Paris, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, as well as in museum collections at the University of Michigan, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Oxford, among numerous others nationally and internationally. She maintains a studio in New York City.

About Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison:
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this deeply compelling novel and epic milestone of American literature, a nameless narrator tells his story from the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. He describes growing up in a Black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of “the Brotherhood,” before retreating amid violence and confusion.

Originally published in 1952 as the first novel by a then unknown author, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land, James Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

Rafael Prieto / Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print features Rafael Prieto’s original artwork celebrating Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges.

According to Prieto: “The image is made from a photo I took of a composition of two animal bones and chocolate. I cast the bones and made a mold to create replicas in chocolate. I present them as a couple to evoke the sensuality, companionship, and flavor of this beautiful novel.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7

 

$200

About Rafael Prieto:
Mexican designer Rafael Prieto is Founder and Creative Director of Savvy Studio, a design and branding practice based in New York and Mexico City. The studio’s core practice is based on research and exploration of culture – inspired by art and materiality – creating each project in a deeply contemplative manner. Since founding Savvy in 2012, Prieto has brought his distinct perspective to the building of artistic, innovative and personal concepts in the arts, hospitality, retail, and more. Rafael is also the owner of Casa Bosques, an experimental, cult chocolate company, as well as Casa Bosques Books, an art-forward purveyor of literature in Mexico. He recently opened Pensión, a private guest house above the bookshop.

In the past year Prieto has been working on Marrow, a new lighting design studio, playing between function and sculpture. With Marrow, Prieto recently participated in internationally-acclaimed collectible design shows, including SIZED’s INDUSTRIALISM exhibition in the West Village, and MASA’s INTERVENCIÓN/ INTERSECCIÓN exhibition at Rockefeller Center. Prieto is represented by Emma Scully Gallery in New York.

About Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel:
This classic love story takes place on the De la Garza ranch, as the tyrannical owner, Mama Elena, chops onions at the kitchen table in her final days of pregnancy. While still in her mother’s womb, her daughter-to-be weeps so violently she causes an early labor, and little Tita slips out amid the spices and fixings for noodle soup. This early encounter with food soon becomes a way of life, and Tita grows up to be a master chef, using cooking to express herself and sharing recipes with readers along the way.

Rive Roshan / Asir (Captive) by Forugh Farrokhzad

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print features Rive Roshan’s original artwork celebrating Asir (Captive) by Forugh Farrokhzad, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges.

According to Golnar Roshan and Ruben de la Rive Box of Rive Roshan: “This print is dedicated to Forugh Farrokhzad (1935 – 1967), a female Iranian poet and filmmaker whose words were banned for over a decade and still remain controversial in Iran. Reminiscent of Persian calligraphic strokes, the artwork is based on our Freedom Vessels, a collection of sculptural objects, 3D printed in sand, made in tribute to the brave voices in the Woman, Life, Freedom movement. Women in Iran today continue to be censored, just as Farrokhzad was in her time. And just like Farrokhzad, they continue to bravely stand up and speak out for the right to exist as full, free human beings.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7
Signed by Artist

 

$200

About Rive Roshan:
Rive Roshan is the artistic practice of Ruben de la Rive Box and Golnar Roshan. Driven by a deep interest in color, texture, and materiality, the studio creates to connect with people intuitively through exploring visual wonder as a means to emotional well-being. Through experimental processes the studio designs immersive spatial experiences, materials and objects that enrich lives and create memories that we treasure.

Rive Roshan’s work has been exhibited at Les Musée des Arts Décoratifs Paris, Old Selfridges Hotel London, Powerhouse Museum Sydney, Shanghai Museum of Glass, and Museum JAN, with a recent acquisition by National Gallery Victoria in Melbourne. Rive Roshan is represented by Rademakers Gallery in Amsterdam.

About Asir (Captive) by Forugh Farrokhzad:
Originally published in Iran in 1955, Asir (Captive) is the first collection of poems by Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad. Throughout her work, Farrokhzad was concerned with female desire, sensuality, and cultural restrictions on women. Following the 1979 revolution that overthrew Iran’s secular monarchy, Farrokhzad’s work was banned and then heavily censored for nearly a decade. Her untimely death in a car crash at the age of 32 was seen as a national tragedy and made the front pages of Tehran’s newspapers. In the afterword to Asir (Captive), Farrokhzad presciently wrote, “Perhaps because no woman before me took steps toward breaking the shackles binding women’s hands and feet, and because I am the first to do so, they have made such a controversy out of me.” She is seen as a symbol of artistic, personal, and sexual freedom because of her unprecedented work in articulating the inner emotional and physical intimacies of women in her culture.

Faye Toogood/ The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition set of 3 print features Faye Toogood’s original artwork celebrating The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges.

According to Toogood: “At the age of 15, I was very passionate about studying English literature. I was fortunate enough to have a truly inspiring English teacher who opened my eyes to the world around me through books. She would feed me books, and I would devour them in return. One very memorable book for me as a young girl was Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. It shocked me to the very core. I have never forgotten it—my imagination creating the visual of it before the recent film. It has remained with me for my whole life. Reading this book made me into a second wave feminist, and in turn spurred a number of years dedicated to reading feminist literature. Women not seen or treated as equals but also reduced to the sole arbiters of their reproductive functions was something I have spent much of my life working against. Later in life I undertook IVF. The collecting of eggs is a very powerful, painful and personal message for me.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7

 

$500

About Faye Toogood:
Faye Toogood is a British artist working in a diverse range of disciplines, from sculpture to furniture and fashion. Her works have been acquired for the permanent collections of institutions worldwide, including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Dallas Museum of Art, High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Corning Museum of Glass in New York, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, and the Fabergé Museum in St Petersburg. Her works have also been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Triennale in Milan, D Museum in Seoul, and National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. She is represented by Friedman Benda in New York.

About The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood:
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (The New York Times). Now an award-winning Hulu series starring Elizabeth Moss.

In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birth rates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.

Ronald Rael / Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Created exclusively for The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print, titled Tierra / Agua / Cielo / Mundo, features Ronald Rael’s original artwork celebrating Bless Me, Ultima, one of hundreds of beloved titles subject to recent book bans and challenges.

According to Rael: “Bless Me Ultima can be read as a cosmological framing of the dualities between an understanding of identity, worldview, spirituality, and the origin stories of people with reverence for earth, water, and sky in layered and complex ways. In this image, the sky is framed by earth in the form of adobe, a building material made of soil and water, as in the dwellings in which the characters of the book reside, and yet the sky evokes the planet Earth in all its glorious reflectivity as a planet made of water and land. “

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 7

 

$200

About Ronald Rael:
Ronald Rael is a designer, activist, trained architect, author, and Eva Li Memorial Chair in Architecture at the University of California Berkeley. He is both a Bakar and Hellman Fellow, and directs the printFARM Laboratory (print Facility for Architecture, Research and Materials). His research interests connect indigenous and traditional material practices to contemporary technologies and issues. He is also an author, design activist, and thought leader within the topics of additive manufacturing, borderwall studies, and earthen architecture. The London Design Museum awarded his creative practice, Rael San Fratello (with architect Virginia San Fratello), the Beazley Award in 2021 for the design of the year—one of the most prestigious awards in design internationally—in honor of the duo’s Teeter Totter Wall, a guerilla-style intervention that connected persons on opposite sides of the US-Mexico border and reinforced the delicate nature of the relationship between the two nations. In 2014 his practice was named an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of New York—one of the most coveted awards in North American architecture.

About Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya:
This coming-of-age classic from “one of the nation’s foremost Chicano literary artists” follows a young boy as he questions his faith and beliefs after a curandera woman introduces herbs and magic into his life (Denver Post) .

Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and he will discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past—a mythic legacy as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world…and will nurture the birth of his soul.

Victoria Yakusha/ Zhovtyi Kniaz (The Yellow Prince) by Vasyl Barka

Created exclusively for the The Book of Love fundraiser for the Books & Books Literary Foundation, this limited-edition print features Ukrainian designer Victoria Yakusha’s original artwork inspired by Vasyl Barka’s Zhovtyi Kniaz (The Yellow Prince).

According to Yakusha: “As Ukrainians face ongoing campaigns to erase our culture and history, honoring our heritage becomes all the more urgent. Vasyl Barka’s haunting novel captured the horrors of the man-made famine in the 1930s that killed millions of Ukrainians. In turn, this image features an abstraction of my VOLYK bench, from the Stepping on Ukrainian Soil collection, which celebrates Ukrainians’ deep connection to the land through animal-like forms. VOLYK is derived from the Ukrainian word for freedom. The concept behind VOLYK was to craft something life-affirming and pure in its nature, resulting in a series of animistic creatures with a free-spirited character.”

All proceeds benefit the Books & Books Literary Foundation’s urgent fight for the right to read.

 

Dimensions: 11 x 14 in.
Edition Number: 6
Signed by Artist

 

$200

About Victoria Yakusha:
Victoria Yakusha is an award-winning, Ukrainian-born architect and designer whose practice is deeply inspired by Ukrainian culture and traditions. She is a charismatic global ambassador of Ukrainian design and culture, which she champions through her roles as the founder of both YAKUSHA studio and the FAINA design brand. Her work has been included in several prestigious publications, including Dezeen, Design Milk, Designboom, Archdaily, Vogue. She has exhibited work at prestigious events around the globe, including Milan Design Week, Dutch Design Week, London Design Fair, Design Miami/, and more. In 2019, Victoria opened a residential gallery in Brussels. That same year, Victoria was named Interior designer of the Year in Ukraine (Elle Decoration Awards), and her interior practice was named one of the five best offices of the world (Dezeen Awards).

About Zhovtyi Kniaz (The Yellow Prince) by Vasyl Barka:
First published in 1962, this title—which was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize—depicts the horrors of the 1932-1933 Holodomor in Ukraine. The novel is based on the personal memoirs of Vasyl Barka (1908-2003), and recounts the course of the Holodomor (also known as the Great Ukrainian Famine), a man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine that claimed the lives of millions of Ukrainians, and was part of the wider Soviet famine of 1930-1933 that affected the major grain-producing areas of the Soviet Union. The novel only became available to readers in Ukraine after the dissolution of the USSR.