English novelist Anna Sewell was bedridden the last six years of her life as she scrawled out and dictated the only book she would ever complete. She lived just five months after publication, long enough to delight in the instant success of one of the best–selling and most beloved books of all time.
Ukraine is steeped in literary tradition. Female authors Maria Matios, Iren Rozdobudko, and Lina Kostenko are among their country’s living legends—and their lives are just as interesting and intense as their books, many of which have been translated into English. One such writer is Oksana Zabuzhko.