In spring 2019, as the rest of the world looked on in bewilderment, Ukraine elected the comedian Volodymyr Zelensky as its president. Yet, should we have been so surprised or is this just the latest example of the European trend towards electing comedians-turned-politicians?
In conversation with the director of the IWM’s Ukraine in European Dialogue programme, Katherine Younger, the internationally-acclaimed Ukrainian writer, Andrey Kurkov, will look to dissect a Ukrainian society in transition, analysing the role of humour and irony in maintaining hope in politically difficult times.
Andrey Kurkov | Ukrainian Author & Former Translator
Katherine Younger | Historian & IWM Research Director
This debate formed part of the Vienna Humanities Festival 2019 and you can find out more about both this and the festival's other discussions on our festival page at tttdebates.org: