"God Is a Rusyn"
Anthology of Contemporary Carpatho-Rusyn Literature
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: Slavica Publishers
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Table of Contents
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The title of this collection, “God is a Rusyn,” comes from a poem by Ivan Petrovtsii, in which he depicts God dressed in the traditional garb of a Rusyn, sharing the Rusyns’ love for their land. This ironic Rusyn-specific image and the poet’s expression of love for the Rusyn land ...
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Forward: Literature in Carpathian Rus'
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Although Carpatho-Rusyn literature dates back to the sixteenth century, it emerged as a distinct creative movement only after the Revolutions of 1989 in Eastern Europe, which sparked a Rusyn cultural renaissance and permitted the revival of Carpatho-Rusyn identity ...
Ukraine (translated by Elaine Rusinko)
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VLADŶMŶR FEDŶNŶSHŶNETS´ was born in the Rusyn village of Repynne in Transcarpathia, Ukraine, in 1943. He completed his studies at the Peda-gogical School in Mukachevo in 1961 and the philological faculty of Uzhho-rod State University in 1966. , ...
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IVAN PETROVTSII (b. 1945) is a poet, editor, and translator. He completed a degree program in French language and literature at Uzhhorod State University in 1973 and is well known as a translator of poetry from French, Hungarian, Slovak, German, and ...
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VASYL´ SOCHKA (1922–2010) entered the University of Budapest during World War II, but he graduated from Uzhhorod State University in 1950. He has worked on the editorial staff of the newspaper Zakarpats´ka Pravda, as a bibliographer at the ...
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TAMARA KERCHA was born in 1944 in a Rusyn village near Mukachevo to a literary family. Her father was the poet Ivan Kercha (1914–51) and her brother is lexicographer Igor´ Kercha. She graduated from the biology faculty of Uzhhorod University in 1967 ...
Slovakia (translated by Elaine Rusinko)
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MYKOLAI KSENIAK was born in 1933 in the Rusyn village Kamiunka (Slovak: Kamienka). Kseniak studied at the Russian gymnasium in Prešov (1945–53) and at the Institute of Russian Literature and Language in Prague (1953–57). He received a ...
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SHTEFAN SUKHŶI (b. 1946) worked as a teacher after graduating from Šafárik University in Prešov in 1970. His earliest literary work was written and published in Ukrainian. Since the early 1990s Sukhŷi has been active in cultural and educational aspects ...
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VALERII KUPKA was born in Ukraine to Rusyn parents who were resettled there after World War II. In 1972 they returned to Slovakia, where Kupka finished school and received a degree in history and Russian lanuage. He currently teaches Russian literature ...
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MARIIA MAL´TSOVSKA (1951–2010) is from the village of Rus´kŷi Potok in Slovakia, which is depicted in her autobiographical story “Mother’s Candle.” Mal´tsovska graduated from Šafárik University (now Prešov University) in 1975 and worked for ...
Poland (translated by Bogdan Horbal and Elaine Rusinko)
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PETRO TROKHANOVSKII / Piotr Trochanowski (b. 1947), a Lemko-Rusyn poet, journalist, and cultural activist, was born in southwestern Poland after his family was forced to leave their native village during the 1947 Vistula Operation. In 1976 he returned ...
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VOLODYSLAV HRABAN / Władysław Graban (b. 1955) was born in Silesia to parents deported from the Lemko Region during the 1947 Vistula Operation. As a child he returned with his parents to their native village of Gładyszów. In 1976 Hraban settled ...
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PAVEL KOROBCHAK / Paweł Korobczak was born in 1975 in Wrocław. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy in 2004 at the University of Wrocław, where he now works at the Institute of Philosophy. His research concentrates on the crisis of metaphysics ...
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STEFANIIA TROKHANOVSKA / Stefania Trochanowska, born in 1951, lives in the Lemko village of Bielanka. She is married to the composer and former musical director of the Lemkovyna Song and Dance Ensemble Iaroslav Trokhanovskii / Jarosław Trochanowski. While raising ...
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OLENA DUTS´-FAIFER / Helena Duć-Fajfer was born in 1960 to a family that was deported during the Vistula Operation. The family returned to the Lemko Region in 1961 and Duts´-Faifer grew up and received her elementary education there. At Jagiellonian University ...
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MYKHAL SANDOVYCH / Michał Sandowicz (1939–2003) was born in War-saw to a Lemko-Rusyn Orthodox priest and a Russian mother. Sandovych completed his studies in engineering at the Warsaw University of Technology (Politechnika Warszawska), where ...
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PAVEL STEFANOVSKII / Paweł Stefanowski was born in the Rusyn village of Bielanka in 1932. In 1947 his family was deported, but he returned to the Lemko Region in 1959 and studied ethnography at the University of Wrocław. He became active in the defense ...
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TEODOR KUZIAK (1926–2010) was born in Bortne, Poland. He was deported to Nazi Germany during World War II as a forced eastern laborer. Upon his release, he served in the Soviet army. In 1947 he was forcibly resettled during the Vistula Operation. Kuziak settled . ...
Hungary (translated by Elaine Rusinko)
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Gabriel/Gábor Hattinger-Klebashko was born in 1958 in the Rusyn village of Komlóska in Hungary. He studied at Slovak-language gymnasia in Sátoraljaújhely and Budapest. A leading figure behind the Rusyn national revival in Hungary, he ...
Serbia (translated by Slavomir Olejar and Elaine Rusinko)
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DIURA PAPHARHAÏ (1936–2008) was a teacher, playwright, poet, editor, and critic. He graduated from the University of Novi Sad in 1963, where he studied the languages and literatures of Yugoslavia. For over three decades (1966–98) he ...
Other Rusyn Poets from Serbia
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RUSYN LITERATURE is best-developed in Serbia, where the language was standardized in the early twentieth century and a Rusyn publishing house has existed since 1936. While Papharhajï holds the prime position among Vojvodinian Rusyn authors, the late ...
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NATALIIA DUDASH was born in Ruski Kerestur in present day Serbia in 1958. Dudash studied literary theory at the University of Belgrade. She worked as editor of the literary supplement to the Rusyn weekly newspaper Ruske slovo and as Rusyn ...
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IULIIAN TAMASH (b. 1950) is a poet, literary critic, journalist, and civic ac-tivist. He holds a Ph.D. in literary theory, and since 1975 he has taught Rusyn literature at the University of Novi Sad’s Department of Rusyn Language and Literature. Tamash has ...
Ahneta Buchko Papharhai
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AHNETA BUCHKO PAPHARHAÏ was born in 1951 in present-day Croatia and went to school in Vukovar. She has worked as an editor for Rusyn radio in Novi Sad. The author of several books of lyrical poetry (The Window Ajar / Oblak odkhileni, 1971; Bird in ...
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IRINA HARDI-KOVACHEVICH (b. 1944) was born in Rus´ki Kerestur in what was then Yugoslavia. After completing Rusyn school, she studied South Slavic literature at the University of Novi Sad. She worked as an actor for the Diadia theater ...
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MARIIA IAKIM was born in 1956 in the Rusyn village of Kocur (Kucura) in Serbia. She has written poetry in Serbian and Rusyn and has published two books of poetry in Rusyn—To Be a Green Walnut (Buts zhelieni orekh, 1979) ...
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NATALIIA KANIUKH (b. 1950) studied Yugoslav literature at the University of Novi Sad. She entered Rusyn literature as editor of the literary supplement to the newspaper Ruske slovo. In addition to poetry, she has written essays, literary criticism, and drama ...
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VLADIMIR GARIANSKI (1959–96) studied Rusyn, Serbo-Croatian and other Yugoslav literatures at the University of Novi Sad, where he began writing poetry in 1979. He taught in the Department of Rusyn Language and Literature in Novi Sad, before ...
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ZVONYMYR NIARADI (1966–93) was considered one of the most talented young Vojvodinian Rusyn poets. Born in Ruski Kerestur, he studied Rusyn language and literature at the University of Novi Sad. In his subtle and sensitive lyric poetry, he meditates on philosophical and psychological issues ...
Croatia (translated by Slavomir Olejar and Elaine Rusinko)
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LIUBKA SEGEDY-FALTS was born in Petrovtsy, located in present-day Croatia, in 1932. For thirty-seven years she worked as a village school teacher. Currently she is head of the organization of Rusyns of Croatia, “Rusnak,” The poet published ...
Appendix: Selected Original Texts, Sources, and Language Resources
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Publication Year: 2011