Monday, 6 February 2012

The raspberry's eyelash available now

Pavlo Tychyna (1891-1967) one of a generation of supremely gifted Ukrainian writers who came to be known as the "Executed Renaissance" because most of them died at the hands of the Soviet regime during the 1930s. Tychyna survived by writing collections of hideous Stalinist doggerel. In later years, as the political climate relaxed, he was able to rediscover his talent and produce work which was both supreme poetry and acceptable to the regime. He always remained haunted by the repressions of the 1930s during which millions of Ukrainians died in the terror famine of 1932 to 1933.

His book translated and edited by Steve Komarnyckyj is available now from Poetry Salzburg books.




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