Serhiy Zhadan
Serhiy Viktorovych Zhadan (Ukrainian
Ukrainian language
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: Сергі́й Ві́кторович Жада́н; born 23 August 1974) is a Ukrainian
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 poet, novelist, essayist, and translator. Born in Starobilsk
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, Luhansk Oblast
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, he graduated from Kharkiv University
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 in 1996, then spent three years as a graduate student of philology
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. He taught Ukrainian
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 and world literature from 2000 to 2004, and thereafter retired from teaching. He lives and works in Kharkiv
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Zhadan has translated poetry from German
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, English
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, Belarusian
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, and Russian
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, from such poets as Paul Celan
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 and Charles Bukowski
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. His own works have been translated into German, English, Polish
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, Serbian
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, Croatian
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, Lithuanian
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, Belarusian, Russian, Hungarian
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, Armenian
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 and Swedish
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In March 2008, the Russian translation of his novel Anarchy in the UKR made the short list of the National Bestseller Prize. It was also a contender for "Book of the Year" at the 2008 Moscow International Book Exhibition.

His novel Anthem of Democratic Youth has been adapted for the stage and is being performed at the Ivan Franko National Academic Drama Theater in Kyiv.

Critical estimation

Zhadan's prose is so poetic, his free verse so prosaic. It is difficult to assign a genre to his work: memoir, travelogue, timely or untimely meditation - or a mixture of all these, centered on the themes my generation and our epoch.

There is no summarizing the spicy, hot, sweet, vicious improvisations of Sergei Zhadan - this is verbal jazz. When you read him, you fear for contemporary Russian literature: of those now writing in the Russian language, there is none among them who is so infernally free (and above all, free from "writerly" prose, from the tendency to "produce an impression").


  • General Yuda (Генерал Юда), 1995.
  • Pepsi (Пепсі), (1998).
  • The very best poems, psychedelic stories of fighting and other bullshit: Selected Poems, 1992-2000 (Вибрані поезії), 2000.
  • Ballads of the War and Reconstruction (Балади про війну і відбудову), 2000.
  • The History of Culture at the Beginning of the Century (Історія культури початку століття), (2003)
  • Maradona (Марадона), 2007.
  • Ethiopia (Ефіопія), 2009.
  • Lili Marlene (Лілі Марлен), 2009.


  • Big Mac (Біґ Мак; short story collection), 2003.
  • Depeche Mode (Депеш Мод), 2004.
  • Anarchy in the UKR, 2005.
  • Anthem of Democratic Youth (Гімн демократичної молоді), 2006.
  • Voroshylovhrad (Ворошиловград), 2010.


  • Capital (Капітал), 2006 - includes everything but The History of Culture at the Beginning of the Century, Big Mac, and Maradona.

Anthologized poetry

  • Stanislav+2 (Станислав+2), 2001.
  • "Ch" Time - Verses on Chechnya and Not Only (Время `Ч`. Стихи о Чечне и не только), 2001.
  • We Will Not Die in Paris (Мы умрем не в Париже), 2002.
  • The History of Culture (История культуры), 2004.
  • The Unknown Ukraine (НеИзвестная Украина), 2005.

External links

The poetry of Serhiy Zhadan Profile at Entry at Speaking in Tongues Entry at Net Literature Zhadan's blog Verses translated by A. Pustogarova Zhadan reading "Fungi of the Donbass" in Donetsk Zhadan reading "Lukoil" in Poland Large collection of materials about Zhadan Translations by Elena Fanailova
Elena Fanailova
Elena Nikolayevna Fanailova is a Russian poet.Born in Voronezh, she graduated from the Voronezh Medical Institute and earned a degree in journalism from Voronezh State University. She worked for six years as a doctor at Voronezh Regional Hospital...

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