City Walk
November 4, 2017

On November, 4, 2017 city walk "City During the "Quiet War" 1939–1941: Literary Perspective" took place on the basis of the "Imaginary map of Literary Lviv (±1939)" research.

The period from September, 22, 1939 to June, 22, 1941, was the time of the ‘quiet war’ in Lviv. It was the war raging in a peaceful setting. The confrontation largely shifted from the military domain to the area of ideology and rhetoric. Writers, critics, and journalists were involuntarily turning into combatants. Over almost two years, the literary landscape had been undergoing some crucial changes that translated into the actual urban space. During the walk, participants took the road of memories on the literary life of Lviv left by Ukrainian and Polish writers. In addition, we shall talk about the following aspects:

  • continuity and intermittency in the identity of urban spaces as a sign of the epoch;
  • change of a literary canon;
  • private and public in the work of a writer;
  • the power of literature and the weakness of man;
  • imminence, anxiety, enforcement, silence, concealment and inability to keep silent.

The walk was guided by authors of the project "Imaginary Map of Literary Lviv (±1939)", the researchers Viktor Martyniuk and Danylo Ilnytskyi.

Danylo Ilnytskyi – literary scholar and essayist, works in the Ivan Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the NASU, Candidate of Philology. Compiler and author of comments to the three editions ofworks of Bohdan-Ihor Antonych, author of academic works on hisartistic system, as well as articles, essays, author’s columns ondifferent personalities, events, and problems of humanitarian and cultural and artistic world.

Viktor Martyniuk – iterary scholar, literary editor, Candidate ofPhilology. He works in the Department of Ukrainian Literature at the Ivan Krypyakevych Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the NASU. Projectteam member in projects of the Center for Humanities at the IvanFranko National University in Lviv, such as "University Dialogues", "The Solo Is On… New Voices", "8 Interpretations of Antonych", "Intellectual Biography", and "The Places of Future Heritage".