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A prison in Russia, a goat killing, and Nigerians in Ukraine: Noha magazine announces the second issue

14 july, 2024

The cover features artwork by artist Katia Libkind.

Artwork by Katia Libkind from the cover of the second issue of Noga magazine. Source: kyivnoha.org
The documentary fiction magazine Noha has announced the release of its second issue at the end of June 2024. Most ofl its texts were written before Russia's full-scale invasion. The new issue curiously combines documents from different worlds and perspectives.

The collection features a 2020 text by Daryna Malyuk, where she recalls desirable things that are now forever out of reach; Inessa Marg's story about the killing of an old goat that turns into food; Nazar Benytskyi's memories of his childhood in an orphanage and his diary entries about trying to build an autonomous life on an island; Alyona Dumasheva's account of her imprisonment in Russia and a text about the lives of convicted women in the Vladimir colony; a poetic testament by Anton Polunin; Liza Biletska's story about a company providing "lifetime care" for elderly people in exchange for their inheritance and property; and Philip Olenyk's retelling of stories from Nigerians and Ukrainians of Nigerian descent. Lastly, Daryna Malyuk talks about her life in 2023. The cover features artwork by Katia Libkind.

What is Noha magazine?

The creators, permanent editors, and publishers of Noha Liza Biletska and Philip Olenyk call it a "magazine of documentary fiction." They define this genre as "documentary literature that is written or read with an fictional or undefined research purpose." The pair primarily insists on the absence of illustrations, except for the cover.

"This is narrative literature about human experience, the existence of which is hard to explain solely by its usefulness to society or the reader. We choose to interpret this definition as broadly as possible, so the magazine includes poems, diary entries, essays, memoirs, conversations," explain Biletska and Olenyk.

The first issue, which was released in 2020, combined 12 texts, including an autobiography of a homeless person from Kyiv's Podil district; prison memories of a linguistics university student; a story about a poisoned lake and its creatures; reflections on a dead dolphin's body; a politician's realization that a hospital is a portal to hell; and Google Borscht Results, among others.

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