This edition is dedicated to Lviv, Ukraine's gorgeous and under-discovered cultural capital. The city will come as a bit of a shock if you've spent time in any other Ukrainian city, as Lviv wears the scars of post-Soviet breakdown with particular elegance. And the people are as stunning as the setting.
We met twelve local boys this time, including Marko K. in an abandoned factory; Semen M. in the beautiful cobbled old town; Ivan T. walking into the fountain in front of the opera house; the talented painter Eugen K. at his home; and the intimidatingly intellectual poet Taras D. in a disused military mess hall.
*Full disclosure... if you've never read Elska before, this is probably not the best one to start with because it's smaller, has less stories, and is a bit unpolished. However, it is still an interesting look at how Elska started, but is not at all a good example of what all Elskas since are like.*
136 pages, including texts in English and Ukrainian (followed by English translations)
The print version is ~A5 (24cm x 14.8cm), full-colour, perfect bound, 130gsm (90lb) matte paper