Item #1960 [FIRST UKRAINIAN WOMAN MODERNIST] Pokhid zhyttia [i.e. The March of Life]. Halyna Zhurba.
[FIRST UKRAINIAN WOMAN MODERNIST] Pokhid zhyttia [i.e. The March of Life]
[FIRST UKRAINIAN WOMAN MODERNIST] Pokhid zhyttia [i.e. The March of Life]
[FIRST UKRAINIAN WOMAN MODERNIST] Pokhid zhyttia [i.e. The March of Life]
[FIRST UKRAINIAN WOMAN MODERNIST] Pokhid zhyttia [i.e. The March of Life]

[FIRST UKRAINIAN WOMAN MODERNIST] Pokhid zhyttia [i.e. The March of Life]

Kyiv: Vydavnytstvo, 1919. Item #1960

150, [2] pp. 18 x 12,5 cm. One of 2000 copies. Book №18/2 in the Siaivo series. Contemporary owner’s cloth with art nouveau style endpapers. Good to fair condition. Foxing and minor wear to the cloth. Cracks and partial detachments along the inner hinges. Slight damage with 1 cm paper loss across the bottom margins of p. 147-150 and the back cover. Both back and front original publisher’s covers are preserved.

Halyna Zhurba – pseudonym of Helena Dombrovs'ka (1889-1979). Zhurba was a villageborn Ukrainian writer, one of few early Ukrainian women prose writers. Zhurba's debut short stories collection was published in 1908 with the help of her future husband, editor Antin Chekmanovs'kyi (1890-1945). After the World War, Zhurba moved to Lviv, continuing her literary work. Zhurba managed to receive a number of awards before moving to the Western world on the brink of WWII and starting what is considered her second artistic, so-called “emigrant period”. While in emigration, Zhurba switched to a longer but no less dramatic form of longer novels and left an interesting memoir on her pre-WW Ukrainian life. Zhurba was among the most noticeable emigrant authors surely the single most important woman writer of the Ukrainian emigrant community. Zhurba, raised in a peculiar blend of Polish, Ukrainian and Russian culture, was more Westerninclined and thus quickly found common ground with growing Ukrainian culture in Kyiv, attending early Muzahet meetings. She met and established friendship with the editors of Ukrains'ka khata, a monthly literary and art magazine promoting modernism among city intellectuals. Her novel Koniaka, first published 1912, follows a story of struggles of hard-working Ivan and his companion, horse Lysa. Intelligent and impressionistic, deep and psychological, the story is much more than a simple cry for the suffering of the Ukrainian lower working class: a lyrical and emotional study. Author’s pseudonym mirrors her artistic intonation as Zhurba means “grief” or “sorrow” in Ukrainian.

According to the author’s memoir, the story was banned by Russian censorship on the basis of the revolutionary themes. All issues of Ukrains'ka khata with Zhurba’s novel were confiscated and the editor was under arrest for several months. Koniaka’s second appearance in print is within the present Pokhid zhyttia collection.

The book includes 11 short stories: Nad skyboiu [Above the land], Smerk [Spruce], Zhuravli [Cranes], V iasnyi den' [On a clear day], Solov'i [Nightingales], Chereshni [Cherries], Sviato [Holiday], Koniaka [Horse], Histeriia [Hysteria], Pokhid zhyttia [March of Life], Pisnia na odnii struni [Song played on one string]. The idea behind the collection was to gather all novels published in Ukrains'ka khata during 1910-1913, but for Pisnia na odnii struni this is the first appearance in print. The publisher Siaivo [The Shining], responsible for the book, was established in 1913 as a Kyiv -based publisher around a pioneer Siaivo literary-centric magazine, one of the first of its kind in Ukraine. Modern Ukrainian literary critic Valeryi Shevchuk notes in his 1990 article on this collection : “The book was a significant phenomenon in Ukrainian prose of the time. It is accurate, plastic, refined, I would say, virtuoso prose - one of the best books of the period of the revolution and civil war” (Shevchuk V. Pokhid zhyttia Halyny Zhurby// Ukrains'ka mova i literatura v shkoli. № 5 for 1990).
Today Zhurba is a classic, included in the Ukrainian school programs.

Natsional'na bibliohrafiia Ukrainy, vol III., #3442.

Rare. WorldCat lists o only 1 copy – in University of Alberta. Not in KVK. According to the aforementioned bibliography, the book is present in 7 Ukrainian libraries, including the National Library of Ukraine.

Price: $950.00

Status: On Hold
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