Dnistrovyi Anatoliy

Dnistrovyi Anatoliy

Ukrainian essayist, writer, poet.

Ukrainian Essayist. Writer. Poet.
Original name: Anatoliy Oleksandrovych Astafiev.

Biography and oeuvre:

Anatoliy Dnistrovyi was born on 30 July 1974 in Ternopil. He is a son of Oleksandr Astafiev, a poet, literary critic, professor and Doctor of Philosophy. Anatoliy is a founder and member of "Eliot’s Friends" literary group (1993–1996). Member of the Ukrainian Writers Association.
Member of PEN Ukraine’s Revision Commission.


Secondary school № 20 in Ternopil. There he graduated from professional technical college № 2 (1991), Department of History and Philology at Nizhyn Mykola Gogol State University (1997) and postgraduate studies at Kyiv National Agriculture University (2000); Doctor of Philosophy (2001).


In different time periods, he was a lecturer at the National Agriculture University (Assistant at Department of Philosophy, 1997–2000), Kyiv Taras Shevchenko National University (guest lecturer at the Institute of Philology, 2003). Anatoliy worked at the National Institute for Strategic Studies (Department of Ethnic Politics, Deputy Head of the Department, 2001–2005), in "Ukrainskyi Tyzhden" Magazine (Chief of Special Projects, editor of the ‘culture’, 2009–2011). In 2011, he became a PR Director at "Grani-T" Publishing House.

Romance philology:

Anatoliy Dnistrovyi works at the juncture of counterculture and urban prose with distinguished social and psychological traits. Latest novels are characterized with increasing essayistic style. Dnistrovyi has gained wide popularity thanks to his youth trilogy: novels "Slow Motion City" (2003), "Chaps" (2005), "Tibet on 8th Floor" (2005, publishing title – "Pathetic Fornication"). No less popular became his novel "Drosophila over a Volume of Kant" (2010).

Other aspects of his activity include poetry (collection "Abandoned Cities", 2004) and considerable expanse of essays mainly focusing on literary studies and philosophy of creativity (books: "Orpheus’ Autonomy", "Writings from the Environs"), politically philosophical exploration of liberal democracy (book "Breaches and Consensus"), nationalism and sociology of globalization.

Dnistrovyi translates from German, Czech, Polish, and Belarusian (Georg Trakl, Josef Weinheber, Paul Celan, Gottfried Benn, Gerhard Fritsch, Vítězslav Nezval, Ales Ryazanov). Some poetry works of Dnistrovyi have been translated into English, German, Armenian, Belarusian and Russian.