The creativity of Ukrainian writers has a great literary and moral value, it is perfect for teenagers and adults, and it brings the pleasure of reading
Ukrainian literature is both phenomenal and unusual
People from Ukraine have always been creative and loved to sing, dance, write and invent myths, legends, songs and stories. Truly great and talented men and women from all over Ukraine have been creating various literary masterpieces for centuries.
Ukrainian literature is essentially both phenomenal and unusual because it described various historical events metaphorically and thematically. That is why it is understandable that quite realistic characters look at us from yellow sheets of paper. Readers study the stories and try to understand what disturbs the author, inspires, scares and encourages. It is possible to learn history according to the masterpieces of Ukrainian literature (because the events are so true and sometimes painfully described).
Many Ukrainian writers are geniuses of the pen because their words penetrate the soul and readers laugh and cry with them. Literary works brought success, eternal fame and respect to many Ukrainian writers and forever entered them into the classics of Ukrainian and world literature.
Unfortunately, not all Ukrainian writers could enter the world literary arena. Many masterpieces were not in the hands of Germans, Americans, British. Hundreds of beautiful books did not receive the well-deserved prizes in literary competitions in France or Germany. But they really need to be read and understood.
And although hundreds of talented people have written about the “nightingale move”, it is probably worth starting with a unique and phenomenal woman. This brilliant poetess, whose lines express a storm of emotions, and the songs remain deep in the heart. Her name is Lesya Ukrainka.
Larisa Petrovna Kosach-Kvitka
Lesya, a weak and small woman, showed incredible strength of mind and courage, becoming a role model for millions of people. Lesya was born in 1871 in the noble family of the famous writer O. Pchilko. At birth, the girl was named Larisa, and her real name is Kosach-Kvitka.
Lesia Ukrainka was practically immobile all the time because she had bone tuberculosis since childhood. She lived in the south. The mother’s beneficial influence and passion for books (especially the master of Ukrainian literature, Taras Shevchenko) bore fruit.
The girl started creating and printing in various newspapers from an early age. Larisa followed the moods and traditions of Taras G. Shevchenko in her works (like many Ukrainian writers) and created several cycles of lyrical-philosophical poems.
About Lesia’s work
Lesia devoted many books to magical mythology and world history. She loved novels about ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, humanism and human qualities, about the fight against despotism and evil, as well as about mystical stories about the “eternal living” and the nature of Western Ukraine. It should be noted that Lesja was a Ukrainian polyglot and knew more of 10 languages. This gave her the opportunity to produce high-quality literary translations of the works of Hugo, Shakespeare, Byron, Homer, Heine and Mickiewicz. The most famous works that are recommended for everyone to read are Forest Song, Obsessed, Cassandra, Master of the Stone and Songs of the Will.
Marco Vovchok- among the famous writers of Ukraine was another remarkable woman (many called her the Ukrainian George Sand – the way her patron Panteleimon Kulish dreamed. He became her first assistant and editor, giving her the first impetus to develop her potential).
A woman with a fiery heart
Marco Vovchok was a femme fatale. Her mother sent her to a private boarding house as a child, away from the evil influence of her father, and then to Oryol – to a rich aunt. Endless cycles of love have begun. Marco Vovchok – Maria Vilinskaya – was a very beautiful girl, so it is not surprising that a lot of gentlemen revolved around her all her life.
Among these gentlemen were famous writers whose names are well known to us. Even despite the fact that she tied the knot (as she later admitted, not out of love) with Opanas Marković, her husband could do nothing with the attractive energy of this young lady. Turgenev, Kostomarov and Taras Shevchenko fell at her feet. And everyone wanted to be her teacher and patron.
The most famous work of Marko Vovchok is the story “Marusya” about a girl who gave her life to help the Cossacks. The creature so impressed readers and critics that Maria received an honorary award from the French Academy.
People in Ukrainian literature
The work of Ukrainian writers was also patronized by talented men. One of them was Pavel Gubenko. Readers know him under the pseudonym Ostap Vishnya. His satirical works made readers laugh more than once. Unfortunately, that man (who laughs at us from newspapers and literature textbooks), did not have many reasons for joy in his life.
Pavel Gubenko honestly served 10 years in a forced labor camp (as a political prisoner). Gubenko never lost his creativity (even when strict commanders ordered him to write a cycle of stories from the lives of prisoners).
The life of a writer put everything in its place. The one who previously accused Ostap Vishnya was in the dock and became an “enemy of the people”. The Ukrainian writer returns home after 10 years and continues writing.
But these long years in the penal camps left a terrible mark on the condition of Pavle Gubenko. Even after the war, returning to already free Kiev, he still could not forget the terrible episodes. Most likely, the endless inner experiences of a man who always smiled and never cried, led to his tragic death of a heart attack at the age of 66.
Ivan Drac – many contemporary authors still seek advice from this master of (only) irony, sharp words and humor.
The life story of a genius
Ivan Fedorovich Drach began his creative career as a seventh-grader, from a poem he eagerly published in a local newspaper. As soon as the writer finished high school, he started teaching Russian language and literature in a rural school. After the army, Ivan entered the philology department at Kyiv University, from which he never graduated. And all due to the fact that a talented student will be offered a job in a newspaper, and then, after the courses, the writer will receive the specialty of screenwriter in Moscow. Returning to Kiev, Ivan Fyodorovich Drach started working in the famous A. Dovzhenko film studio.
In more than 30 years of creativity, a great variety of song collections, translations, articles, and even film stories came out of Ivan Drach’s pen. His works have been translated and published in dozens of countries and evaluated around the world.
The hard life stimulated active citizenship and a peculiar temperament in the writer. Ivan Fedorović’s works express the moods of the 60s in the 20th century and the children of war, eager for change and achievements of human thought.
What is better to read?
Getting to know the work of Ivan Drach is better to start with the song “Feather”. It is the credo of life and conveys the leitmotifs that pervade the creative work of poets and writers of genius.
These famous Ukrainian writers made an invaluable contribution to domestic and world literature. Their works convey real thoughts to readers, teach and help in different life situations (even after tens of years). The creativity of Ukrainian writers has a great literary and moral value, it is perfect for teenagers and adults, and it brings the pleasure of reading.
Each of the Ukrainian authors is unique in its own way, and the unusual individual style from the first lines will help you recognize your favorite writer. Such a literary “flower garden” makes Ukrainian literature truly extraordinary, rich and interesting.