Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:30pm
Acclaimed author, screenwriter and poet Iren Rozdobudko has not only mastered the art of reader suspense, but has cultivated across her works a deep writer-reader-character bond in the most effortless of ways. The protagonists featured in her works are endowed with normal, human traits inherent in all of us readers, but the distinguishing factor which separates them from the general public is a sincere authenticity among interpersonal relationships and the sympathies which they portray to the world.
Rozdobudko was born in Donetsk and studied journalism at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Her post-grad years were spent working different jobs in radio broadcasting and journalism. It was only in the 80s that she began to speak in Ukrainian--a decision that would spark the start of a blossoming writing career in the early 2000s.
Many of her novels have received awards at the international literary contest "Coronation of the Word," which takes place every year in Ukraine. The taut psychological thriller "The Lost Button" took first place in 2005.
"Dewed Flowers are Thrown Away," "Everything I Wanted Today," "I Know That You Know That I Know," "Twelve..." and "Here and Now" are among the works to which readers have responded most enthusiastically. "The Swallow Has Arrived" is the most recent of her published works--a literary masterpiece dedicated to Ukrainian composer and choral conductor Mykola Leontovich.
Rozdobudko's cinematic career launched in 2008, with a combined eight movies and shows having appeared on screens worldwide. The author has also immersed herself in academia, bringing up the next generation of talented, forward-thinking producers.