Yuri Andrukhovych (b. 1960) is a Ukrainian poet, novelist, essayist, translator, and one of the most important and outspoken intellectuals in the country. Vice-president of the Ukrainian Authors Association till 2000, he has won many awards, including the Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize (2005) and the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for European Understanding (2006). He cowrote a book of essays, “My Europe” (2004), with Polish author Andrzej Stasiuk. His latest novel is entitled “The Secret. Instead of a Novel”.