Taras Shevchenko's first collection of poems, Kobzar (The Bard), helped make Ukrainian the national tongue.An outstanding example of Ukraine's long tradition of social realist literature is Panas Myrnyi's Khiba revut voly? (Do Oxen Roar?).Among the works Anton Chekov wrote during his sojourn in Yalta are The Cherry Orchard and The Three Sisters.Among the best known works of early 20th century writer and philosopher Ivan Franko are The Turnip Farmer and During Work.An infamous anti-Semitic episode that foreshadowed the Holocaust in Ukraine is detailed in The Beilis Transcripts: The Anti-Semitic Trial That Shook the World.The engineered famine of the early 1930s is described firsthand in Miron Dolot's Execution by Hunger: The Hidden Holocaust, and is detailed in prose and images in Harvard University's catalogue of Famine in the Soviet Ukraine 1932-1933: A Memorial Exhibition.Scandalous winner of two major Australian literary awards, The Hand That Signed the Paper by Helen Demidenko is a fictionalised account of the Ukrainian holocaust during WWII. The author claimed that she was the daughter of illiterate Ukrainian emigres; she was later found to be the daughter of Mr & Mrs Darville from Scunthorpe, England, and to have plagiarised significant portions of her novel.Get the academic perspective on the political scene in Ukraine in Democratic Changes and Authoritarian Reactions in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova.
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