Nataliya Teramae

I was born in 1980 and raised until the age of 11 in a state that doesn’t exist anymore – USSR. However, its legacy is still influencing my life and my country Ukraine, which became independent after the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. I spent my childhood and teenage years in the small town of Borova, near the capital city of Kyiv. At the age of 17 I entered the acclaimed National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy that not just gave me BA and MA degrees but shaped me as a person with a strong belief in justice and responsibility. My career as a journalist started in 2001. I was covering the Orange Revolution in 2004 interviewing politicians, opinion makers, representatives of the cultural sphere as well as regular people. My journalistic work taught me that stories of no-names might be more interesting than the stories of celebrities. I have previously lived in the USA and Georgia, and moved to Finland in 2014. In 2021 my book “Maria’s Fortress” is going to be published in the short stories book of creative nonfiction competition “Samovydets” (Ukraine). Writing is my passion, which I fulfill together with other activities such as lecturing at the University of Helsinki and running an annual festival called Ukrainian Film Days. And being a mom of two little men. The latter gives me the opportunity to rediscover myself.

The Shell of a Snail

Text in Ukrainian: Nataliya Teramae
Translation into Finnish: Eero Balk
Translation into English: Nataliya Teramae

Read in Ukrainian by Svitlana Dmytrenko
Read in Finnish by Eeva Soivio
Read in Finnish by Nataliya Teramae

The Shell of a Snail, in Ukrainian

The Shell of a Snail, in Finnish

The Shell of a Snail, in English

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