Ukrainian Literature


Since 1991, the dogmatic schemes of the Ukrainian literature development within precisely determined ideological limits of the Socialist realism, valid until that time, have ceised to be in force and been replaced by an intensive search for new aesthetic methods of reality displaying, genre forms, appearance of various literary tendencies. All that has been taking place within complicated political and social contexts of the post-collonial syndrome and its overcoming, rise of freedom of the author's individuality, becoming aware of the author's "self" as a part of the Ukrainian nation and its newborn culture. Among the most significant features of the current literary processes in Ukraine, the change of a long-term civilization and cultural orientation, resulting in the decrease of an until-very-recently strong influence of Russian literature plays a very important role, while the Western literatures continue to be in the spotlight of the readers' attention. New type of a reader is present – he is no longer satisfied with the Socialist-realism stylistics, nor with a narrow national, folk focus, while the influence of internet technologies on the literary processes is constantly growing.
The most noticeable tendencies in the contemporary Ukrainian literature include the return to large prosaic forms, departure from the extreme postmodernism and a significant decentralization of the ongoing processes within culture and literature. An especially positive tendency to be mentioned is a return to the long-term taboo topics, search for new language and stylistic methods, expansion of new genres and a deep, broad reflection of the contemporary social issues and the historical memory. What is noticeable in the today's complicated situation is a constantly growing political (mostly pro-Western and democratic) engagement of the majority of Ukrainian writers.
 
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Maria Chlebcova said...

There are poems Circle and Dungeons by Yuri Andrukhovych, translated by Nina Shevchuk/Murray.

Maria Chlebcova said...

An interview with Yuri Andrukhovych, by DW.com (Deutsche Welle).

Maria Chlebcova said...

In 2014, Yuri Andrukhovych and two Russian writter were awarded Hannah-Arendt-Prize.

Maria Chlebcova said...

A video of Yuri Andrukhovych on culture and war.

Maria Chlebcova said...

Yuri Andrukhovych for New York Times about Ukraine.

Katarína Dvorska said...

Leib Kvitko - he was a poet, famous for his children's poems.

Maria Chlebcova said...

On the 25 November Reporter Paweł Smoleński a Ukrainian writer Yuri Andrukhovych will represent their new book - a passionate conversation about Maidan, Ukraine and Russia. Part of the evening will be a discussion, moderated by Mirek Tóda . More information about the event you can find here.

Katarína Dvorska said...

Short biography of the poet Moyshe Khashchevatski.

Katarína Dvorska said...

Les’ Kurbas, the founder of the new Ukrainian theater, and Mykhailo Boichuk, a pioneer of the national Ukrainian renaissance in painting.

Simona Pavlikova said...

I found more information about Lviv Lviv – city where was a European Literary Festival.
Lviv is the capital of Lviv Oblast.
Every day a book market takes place around the monument to Ivan Fedorovych He was a typographer in the 16th century who fled Moscow and found a new home in Lviv. 
The range of artistic Lviv is impressive. On the one hand, it is the city of classical art.
Lviv has an active musical and cultural life.

Simona Pavlikova said...


Notable people:
Bohdan-Ihor Antonych, Ukrainian poetMuhammad Asad, writer
Emanuel Ax, pianist
Yuri Bashmet, viola player
Solomiya Krushelnytska, Ukrainian opera singer
Les Kurbas, Ukrainian movie and theatre director, actor

Simona Pavlikova said...

The European Literary Festival were in Lviv. This city is connected with Critical realist Ivan Frank.
I would like to tell you some information aboutIvan Frank . He  was aUkrainian poet, writer, social and literary critic, journalist, interpreter, economist, political activist, doctor of philosophy, ethnographer, the author of the first detectivenovels and modern poetry in the Ukrainian language.

Simona Pavlikova said...

Lviv University -
 officially the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv
It is located in the historic city of Lviv in Lviv Oblast of Western Ukraine.

Simona Pavlikova said...

FacultiesFaculty of International Relations
Faculty of Biology
Faculty of Journalism
Faculty of Chemistry
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Economics
Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics
Faculty of Electronics
Faculty of Philology
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Simona Pavlikova said...

Franko's  poetic works include poems on social themes as well as purely lyrical poetry (Withered Leaves, 1896) and philosophical contemplations (Semper Tiro, 1906). In Death of Cain (1889) and Moses (1905), Franko draws an analogy between the Israelite search for a homeland and the Ukrainian desire for independence. His dramatic masterpiece is Stolen Happiness (1893). Franko's works, numbering more than 1,000, include volumes of history, criticism, ethnography, politics, and translation. 

Simona Pavlikova said...

On this page can be found interviewith Roman Horak, director of the Ivan Franko Memorial Museum

Simona Pavlikova said...

On this page can be found Ivan FRANKO homes – Senior House in Toronto.
The first Ivan Franko Home was officially opened in 1964 in a large private house
Ivan Franko Homes are named after one of Ukraine’s most influential poets and philosophers.  They are owned and operated by the Ukrainian Home for the Aged, which was founded in 1957 as a not-for-profit seniors’ care organization serving Canadians of Ukrainian descent. 

Denis Haňo said...

Marina Sokolyan was born on December 18, 1979 in the city of Poltava. She graduated from Kiev-Mohyla Academy with a degree in sociology, now works in one of Kiev PR-agencies. The author of eight books, also writes plays and screenplays, has a journal publications.

Denis Haňo said...

Galina Shiyan
When I was sixteen, I wanted to live alone in the attic, sleeping till noon, disorderly eat and take a drink in the evening with artists, musicians and poets, with a cassette record.

Denis Haňo said...

Kai Olga was born March 23, 1982 in c .. Dnepropetrovsk. She graduated from the Faculty of Applied Mathematics of Dnipropetrovsk National University.

Denis Haňo said...

Natalia Pasichnyk
Scholar of the International House of writer and translator «Ventspilshouse» (2012).
Member of the National Union of Writers of Ukraine (since 2009). Member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (since 2011).
Assistant Professor of the theory and practice of translation of Ternopil National Pedagogical University of Volodymyr Hnatiuk.

Denis Haňo said...

Dmitry Kuzmenko
Author of several scientific articles on the theory and history of literature, nonfiction religious essays, translations of short stories of JD Salinger. Narrative prose published in the journal "UFO", "Dnepr" and "Manticore". The novel "Vanilla" was released in 2012.

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Denis Haňo said...

Lyubov Yakymchuk
Poet, essayist, journalist
She was born in Luhansk. She graduated from the master's program "Theory, History and Comparative Literature" at National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy".
She experiments in the plane of intersection of the arts: poetry and music, video poetry.

Denis Haňo said...

Larry CAT
Sha started to write poetry in 4th grade, and in 7th grade she got herself into writing a novel, "Madonna." She also writes poems, short stories, plays and songs. She writes fiction and gothic poem. It was in 2013 that her first story was written - "impolite Fialochka" in the "Rural Bulletin". And in 2015 the first book "The Witches and Love" was published - which contains a one poem, which was written in 2013 - 2014 that was printed in numerous magazines, almanacs and anthologies.

Daniel said...

Poem called: Mama, I’m now an extremist...written by Olga Perekhrest and translated into english by Uliana Pilipenko shows particular interest in situation in Ukraine.

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Daniel said...

Volodymyr Bilyk

is a writer, translator and visual artist from Ukraine.

Here is his recent statements on the Maidan protests:
"You can hear the screaming. Trees! for vengeance and the horde of the blots giving birth to the blobs."
Read here

Branko Rajic said...

Serhiy Zhadan is a Ukrainian poet, novelist, and essayist. Born in Eastern Ukrainian Starobilsk, Zhadan taught Ukrainian and world literature in early 2000s. In 2008 his novel “Anarchy” made it to the short list of the National Bestseller Prize. Critics receive Zhadan’s works as an outstanding mix of individual style and modern literary tendencies. His prose is sometimes referred to as “poetic”, while his free verse is called “prosaic”.

Branko Rajic said...

Oksana Zabuzhko is a contemporary Ukrainian poet, writer and essayist. Born in Western Ukraine, Zabuzhko, who holds a doctorate degree in aesthetics, taught Ukrainian literature at the Harvard University and the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. Her controversial bestselling novel “Field Work in Ukrainian Sex” was translated in eight languages. The book focuses on the issues of self-identification, post-colonialism, and feminism. Her book “Let My People Go” won the Best Ukrainian documentary book award in 2006, her work “The Museum of Abandoned Secrets” – Best Ukrainian Book 2010.

Branko Rajic said...

The Ukrainian writer Maria Matios is the winner of the “Book of the Year 2004” and of the Taras Shevchenko National Award in 2005 (for her novel “Sweet Darusia”). The author of 12 volumes of poetry and prose is considered to be the most productive modern Ukrainian writer. Her most widely known works include: “Sweet Darusia” (2003-2005), “Nation” (2002-2003) and “The Short Life” (2001). Matios bases her books on her family history that has been preserved by the family through the centuries and goes back to 1790.

Branko Rajic said...

During 1938 to 1954, approximately 240 Ukrainian writers were persecuted although many of them were adherents of the Soviet power, fought for it and only made their career as writers after the revolution. Some of them were shot, others perished imprisoned; the fate of others still remains unknown. Poet Maksym Rylsky was arrested and Ostan Vyshnia spent 10 years in labor camp being accused of participating in mythical Ukrainian military organization. Hryhory Kosynka, Mykola Zerov, Mykola Kulish, Yevhen Pluzhnyk, Mykhailo Semenko were all shot. Mykola Khvyliovy, who attempted to save many of his comrades, committed suicide. The experimental theater Berezil was banned while its leader Les Kurbas, the world famous director, was imprisoned and shot.

Anikó Csóka said...

Taras Hryhorovych Shevchenko ʃɛwMarch 9 [O.S. February 25] 1814 – March 10 was a Ukrainian poet, writer, artist, public and political figure, as well as folklorist and ethnographer. His literary heritage is regarded to be the foundation of modern Ukrainian literature and, to a large extent, the modern Ukrainian language. Shevchenko is also known for many masterpieces as a painter and an illustrator.

Anikó Csóka said...

He was a member of the Sts Cyril and Methodius Brotherhood and an academician of the Imperial Academy of Arts. In 1847 Shevchenko was convicted for writing in Ukrainian language, promoting independence of Ukraine and ridiculing members of the Russian Imperial House.

Anikó Csóka said...

Contribution to Russian literature
Some of Shevchenko's prose (a novel, diary, plays "Nazar Stodolya" and "Nikita Gayday", many letters), as well as some of his poems[which?] were written in Russian, thus, some researchers consider Shevchenko as a notable Russian writer.

Anikó Csóka said...

There are many monuments to Shevchenko throughout Ukraine, most notably at his memorial in Kaniv and in the center of Kyiv, just across from the Kyiv University that bears his name. The Kyiv Metro station, Tarasa Shevchenka, is also dedicated to Shevchenko. Among other notable monuments to the poet located throughout Ukraine are the ones in Kharkiv (in front of the Shevchenko Park. Kharkiv|Shevchenko Park), Lviv, Luhansk and many others.

Anikó Csóka said...

Ivan Yakovych Franko -was a Ukrainian poet, writer, social and literary critic, journalist, interpreter, economist, political activist, doctor of philosophy, ethnographer, the author of the first detective novels and modern poetry in the Ukrainian language.

Anikó Csóka said...

He was a political radical, and a founder of the socialist and nationalist movement in western Ukraine. In addition to his own literary work, he also translated the works of such renowned figures as William Shakespeare, Lord Byron, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Dante Alighieri, Victor Hugo, Adam Mickiewicz, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Friedrich Schiller into the Ukrainian language. Along with Taras Shevchenko, he has had a tremendous impact on modern literary and political thought in Ukraine.

Anikó Csóka said...

Olha Fedorivna Khoruzhynska (m. 1886-1916),-HIS WIFE- a graduate of the Institute of Noble Dames in Kharkiv and later the two-year higher courses in Kiev, she knew several languages and played a piano, died in 1941

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Katarína Dvorska said...

A very popular Ukrainian fiction writer is Alexander Ivakhnenko who wrote "Dobrozychlyvist" – a well-liked literary work in Ukraine.

Katarína Dvorska said...

Kseniya Dmytrenko is Ukrainian writer, philosopher and lecturer.

Katarína Dvorska said...

“Професор на книжках” by Kseniya Dmytrenko was published in English translation under the title The Ping Pong Professor.

Katarína Dvorska said...

English translation by Patrick John Corness

Katarína Dvorska said...

Life and career of Svetlana Alexievich in some pictures.

Katarína Dvorska said...

Interview with S. Alexievich.

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Katarína Dvorska said...

Video - Svetlana On Receiving Nobel Prize.

Katarína Dvorska said...

Union of Soviet Writers - Союз писателей СССР

Katarína Dvorska said...

Work of Svetlana "У войны не женское лицо" for which she has received many awards.

Katarína Dvorska said...

Национальная премия критики (США)

Katarína Dvorska said...

If someone wanted to read the work of Svetlana „У войны не женское лицо“ in Russian.

Unknown said...

All, I am looking for the names of Jewish writers, who published in Ukrainian language prior to 1923. Any information is greatly appreciated.

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