Ivan Baidak

A choreographic performance is staged based on my book “Invisible”. Premiere soon!

Exemplary team-studio of choreographic art “Aelita”.

Director: Oleksandra Tkachenko and choreographer Mykola Havryliuk

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The most exciting road of discoveries (how I have done the DNA test and investigated my roots.

We are so immersed in history, especially when it is the story of our lives. I lived for a long time with Martin Pollak’s book – “Woman without a Tomb”, a story about the writer’s family, his grandfather and his many siblings, their connections and destinies. Sometimes they are too strange and confusing, very often lost and forgotten. It was after this book that I didn’t want to get lost, I wanted to know more about myself…

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My book «Invisible» is considered to be among the best books in Ukraine in 2020 according to PEN Ukraine.

“Invisible” is a book for everyone and about everyone. About our internal conflicts and defects that we would like to correct. About the constant conversations that take place in our heads, about the ways of accepting ourselves and respect for others.

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My new book “Invisible” about people with unusual appearance is already published.

Dear friends!  I am happy to announce that my latest book "Invisible" which describes the life of people with unusual appearance has already been published.

Invisible” is a social fiction book that addresses the social problems of people with certain appearance peculiarities. Four people, having diseases like Tourettes Syndrom, Vitiligo, Alopecia, and face hemangioma meet at the social support group and decide to rent an apartment together. They live and share their experience fighting bullying and prejudice. They speak on their feelings, attempts to integrate into society, and the way society treats them.

I wrote this book since I'm also an "invisible" person. Suffering from Tourettes Syndrom I know this life inside out. The goal of the book is to fight against harassment, bullying, inequality and raise awareness of the topic.

You can watch the book trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vH-jsdOieJA

You can order a book (for now in Ukrainian only) following the link: https://vivat-book.com.ua/ne-pomitni.html

Please help me translate the book into English: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-039invisible039-people-get-noticed

And here is the book overview:

This is a story about 4 unusual people, who share the same apartment but live in a usual world, trying to make it better.

They are very friendly and open to start conversations with strangers and enjoy making someone's life easier.

In a world, they do not behave in a way the most of dived into their own world people usually do. Their aim is to make people notice more important things of life instead of endlessly being immersed in the daily routine of life.

You can't help noticing them. Marta has alopecia, Eva has vitiligo, Anne suffers from facial hemangioma, and Adam has the nervous tics.

These young people face prejudice in the community, while equality is the only thing they want to achieve. Therefore they turn their kindness into a weapon, trying to make others happier. But others just keep staring at them.

This is the story about 4 unusual people, who live in the usual world and share the same apartment. There one can hear sincere talks about things they are worried about. But these things are only for them to know. In a real-world, they have a unique mission.

My characters have their real prototypes and I'm lucky to know them. I know stories of these unperfect people who mostly live in their own inner world because sometimes they feel they are not welcomed into the perfect world of perfect people.

This is a coming-out story. There are lots of special people around us. We don't see them either because they are closed personalities or just because we reject to notice them. In the book I'm talking about people with unusual appearance, my characters differ from others and acknowledge what prejudice is and realize the specific behavior towards them.

My book is about acceptance and tolerance, about feelings and worries these characters face every day, real situations and conditions they need to be in. And also about the only thing they ask for - equality. Besides I want to share a lot of advice on how to communicate with people with such traits.

Why did I decide to write this book?

Being a 12-year old I was diagnosed a Tourette's syndrome, which mostly appeared itself by eye blinking or muscle twitching, sometimes went to vocal symptoms: coughing, nose scrunching.

Threads are nervous impulses we can not control. They were the cause for my dismissal from jobs or exclusion from the classes at University, girls would think I was winking at them. Though the last one was rather pleasant 🙂

Year after year I learned to control it, I learned my body and avoided things that could stimulate those tics. Though it's impossible to get rid of it entirely.

Yet, I do really know what the prejudiced attitude means as well as I know what those people feel. This book is not only about sharing the stories but also a way to help others understand how to treat special people.

Invisible is a book about fear and escape, the necessity of being loved and accepted. It's about a permanent struggle with your complexes and attempts in order to start loving yourself. It's about hard stories. But also about big hearts.

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Sometimes it is better to avoid new realities and to keep the memories as they are

Sometimes I want to put a moment to a standstill. I want to save it as in a video game or to try freezing the time. Let the days pass, bring new joys, but do not change anything fundamental. Changes make me sad.
Sometimes I want to live in the moment as long as possible. I want the things to remain unchanged as they are now as I know them. Any retreat from the normal unsettles me.

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Write when you are drunk, proofread when you are sober

As much as I hate these formulae as much I love busting the myths about writing. For some reason, there are many stereotypes around the writers but it annoys me the most when someone gives some recipes or creates a codex of a typical writer.

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People often ask me: when did you start writing?

People often ask me: when did you start writing? When did you understand that you want to be a writer?
I answer: I knew it as long as I remember.

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We win only when we do not have other choices

We win only when we do not have other choices.
I would like to tell you one story. It is about a strong will and concentration.
I have a businessman-friend, who generates money-making ideas non-stop. He is a successful entrepreneur now. But it was not always like that.

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Any experience is unique

I do not believe that there are unimportant professions. I do not approve when people downgrade some activity.
Any experience is unique. We can learn something and make something useful through any activity.

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You will get what you want when you are ready for that.

No labor is lost. Even the smallest efforts give results with due time.
What is important is to contribute regularly.

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