I was reading Marina Lewycka’s ‘A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian’ and noticed something very odd on page 11:
The Ukrainian flag is two oblongs of colour, blue over yellow — yellow for the cornfields, blue for the sky.
Cornfields – really? Certainly different than the Ukrainian teaching I’ve received at my elementary schools. The Wikipedia entry on the Flag of Ukraine sets the record straight:
The color blue of the Ukrainian Flag represents the color of the sky, and yellow symbolizes the lush golden wheat fields of this country.
It’s not terribly difficult to imagine why:
And while it’s a good novel and has won all sorts of awards, Marina you’ll have to do a better job when you represent us!
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