A fragment from The Lexicon of Intimate Cities
My personal attitude towards Kyiv changed a dozen times, too. That is to say, internally, in my mind, I have passed Kyiv from hands to hands no less than a dozen times. And those hands not always have been warm and caring. And those definitely have never been a loving son’s hands.
Now, I’ll try to list all of that somehow. Naturally, due to my memory selection (or rather, memory inflection) the list has to be haphazard. All right then! Be it so.
Perhaps, the first idea of Kyiv from my childhood years was the city of the Dynamo football club. That is the city of lucky devils who can immediately – without a TV – watch the magical field, so unstoppably ran across by the demigods from the strongest and – until 1969 – undefeated club of the country. Do Kyiv meant the football field, the demigods, the stadium, the tiers, cought on camera fragments of impossibly beautiful crowd, and so – ineffably beloved faces of totally unknown people, who – like me – are jumping for joy of another goal scored by their demigods. In 1972, I have become for the first time in my life another elemental particle of that Kyiv, that is its stadium, and found out Damin, Blokhin, and Kolotov did exist in reality, and they are not solely TV-phantoms. Of course, that day Dynamo could not but win 2:1.(Yurii Andrukhovych. The Lexicon of Intimate Cities: An Improvised Handbook of Geopolitics and Cosmopolitics. Kyiv: Meridian Czernowitz, Maister Knyh, 2011, p. 220–221.)
The Lexicon of Intimate Cities was published in 2011. It is a personal cyclopedia with 111 alphabetically ordered stories about 111 cities visited by the author.
Damin, Blokhin, Kolotov – refers to players of Dynamo Kyiv, who used to play there in the period of the team’s grand success: Oleksandr Damin in 1969–1976, Oleh Blokhin in 1969–1988, Viktor Kolotov in 1971–1981.