Melnikas Jaroslavas

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Jaroslavas Melnikas – prose writer, literary critic.
He was bonr 6 February, 1959 in Smyga, West Ukraine.
In 1981 he graduated from Lvov University, Ukraine (Faculty of Philology). He had attended a post-graduate course at M. Gorki Institute of Literature in Moscow. He worked at Luck Pedagogical Institute and after that at editorial offices of magazines “Laima” and “Moteris”. He has published books in Ukraine and France. His prose was published in “Metai”, “Literatūra ir menas”, “7 meno dienos”, “Nemunas”, etc. His works have been translated into English, French, German, Italian, Esperanto, Russian, Ukrainian, Croatian and other languages. He is a member of Ukrainian Writers' Union. He lives in Vilnius.
A member of Lithuanian Writers' Union since 1989.

B i b l i o g r a p h y :
Pati kilniausia kančia: critics. – Maskva: Molodaja Gvardija, 1981.
Jauni, bet skirtingi: critics. – Maskva: Vitrila, 1983.
Дух как любовь к жизни; Свобода, или грех: опыт онтологии (in Russian). – Vilnius: Petro ofsetas, 1996.
Les Parias d‘Eden: novel. – Paryžius: Robert Laffont, 1997.
Rojalio kambarys: short stories and novellas. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2004.
Pasaulio pabaiga: short stories and novellas. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2006.
Labai keistas namas: 88 novels: miniatures. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2008.
Tolima erdvė: novel. – Vilnius: Lietuvos rašytojų sąjungos leidykla, 2008.
Kelias į rojų: surrealistic novel, novellas and short stories. – Vilnius: Baltos lankos, 2010.
Paryžiaus dienoraštis: (secrets of French soul): (2009–2012): optimism manual. – Vilnius: Alma littera, 2013, 2014.
Maša, arba Postfašizmas: novel. – Vilnius: Alma littera, 2013.
Moters laimės enciklopedija: stories, advices, tests and comments. – Vilnius: Alma littera, 2013, 2014.
Anoreksija: 22 short stories. – Vilnius: Alma littera, 2014.
Gyvenk be kompleksų. Moters laimės enciklopedija 2: true stories, advices, tests and comments. – Vilnius: Alma littera, 2014.

A w a r d s :
1996 Laureate of the Best Short Story Contest.
2004 “Imbiero vakarai” award.
2006 Book “Pasaulio pabaiga” was included into the list of twelve most creative books of the year.
2007 Book “Pasaulio pabaiga” was nominated in the Book of the Year Campaign, Prose section.
2008 Jurgis Kunčinas award.
2009 1st award for the best short story of the year.
2009 Book “Tolima erdvė” was nominated in the Book of the Year Campaign, Prose section.
2010 Book “Kelias į rojų” was included into the list of twelve most creative books of the year.
2011 Book “Kelias į rojų” was nominated for Europe Book Prize.
2012 Book “Skambink man, kalbėk su manimi” was included into the list of five best books of the year in Ukraine (BBC Book of the Year shortlist).
2013 Book “Tolima erdvė” was awarded the BBC Book of the Year Award in Ukraine.
2014 Book “Kodėl aš nepavargstu gyventi” was included into the list of five best books of the year in Ukraine (BBC Book of the Year shortlist).
2014 Book “Maša, arba Postfašizmas” was nominated in the Book of the Year Campaign, Prose section