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Serhiy Zhadan

Author, Ukrainian
Serhiy Zhadan is one of Ukraine’s most prominent contemporary writers, the author of numerous novels and poetry collections, the winner of several prestigious international awards, and a translator of poetry from several languages. Born in 1974, Zhadan grew up in an industrial wasteland home to an impoverished working class that was actively encouraged to “forget” its native tongue in Soviet Times. Zhadan is also well-known for his political activism. (Photo credit: image courtesy of Book Haven)