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The Literary Career of Mykola Rudenko

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

The third Institute seminar in Edmonton was presented on 16 October by Markian Kowaluk, a graduate student in the Department of Slavic Languages. He spoke on "The Literary Career of Mykola Rudenko," which is also the topic of his master's thesis. Mykola Rudenko was born on 19 December 1920 in the village of Iurivka, Luhanske oblast, Ukraine, and grew up in the Donbas region among coal miners and steel workers. He entered the philological faculty of Kyiv State University in 1939, but in October of that year was drafted into the army. Critically wounded during the defence of Leningrad, he was left a permanent invalid. After the war Rudenko served as editor of R'adlanskyl pysmermyk and, from 1947 to 1950, worked as chief editor of Dnipro.

Rudenko is the author of numerous books. His early poems reflect Communist ideals of heroism and devotion to the Party. One of his more acclaimed epic poems of the early period is "Leninhradtsi . " His later works are more about nature, people and social conditions in his homeland. His novels Viter v oblychehia and Ostarmla shablla became quite popular during the 1950s. Rudenko has also written short stories, popular science and science fiction. In the 1960s he underwent an ideological evolution, resulting in an open espousal of dissident ideas and leadership of the Ukrainian Helsinki group. Arrested in 1976, he was first placed in a psychiatric asylum, then in a prison camp where he remains to this day.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 4 Issue 1 (Winter 1979)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: October 16, 1979
Contributor: Markian Kowaluk
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette





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