Why a Woman is Perhaps the Greatest Ukrainian Writer Ever

Volodymyr Yermolenko, Ukrainian philosopher, editor in chief at UkraineWorld.org, explained why Lesya Ukrainka is perhaps the greatest Ukrainian writer ever.

Lesya Ukrainka’s 150th anniversary is an invitation to take a fresh look at her timeless works.

It is remarkable that in the 19th century, which saw the powerful boost of women’s emancipation, Ukrainian culture produced so many strong female writers: Marko Vovchok, Olha Kobylianska, Lesya Ukrainka and others.

In the pantheon of Ukrainian writers who constructed the country’s cultural tradition, Lesya Ukrainka is extraordinarily unique. She may indeed be the best Ukrainian writer ever.

One thing is special about her: she did the most to break Ukrainian culture free from the image of provinciality imposed on it by the discourse of the Russian Empire around the turn of the 20th century.

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