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Serhiy Zhadan (23.08.1974)


Serhiy Zhadan is one of the most renowned and most beloved Ukrainian new wave poets.

He writes novels, poems, essays.

In his works he focuses on post-Soviet reality in Ukraine.

He translates from German, Polish, Belorussian and Russian.

In 1996 he graduated from the National H. Skovoroda Pedagogical University of Kharkiv where he studied Ukrainian and German philology.

In 1996—1999 he was a post-graduate of this University where in 2000 he defended a dissertation on Ukrainian futurism, namely on Mykhayl Semenko, one of the leaders of the Ukrainian futurism.

Since 2000 he had worked as a lecturer at the Ukrainian and World Literature of the same University.

Since 2004 he has been a freelance writer.

In 1991 he was one of the organizers of the Kharkiv neo-futuristic literary group called Red Cart.

Since 2000 he has been a vice-President of the Ukrainian Writers Association.

Poetry collections:

“The Quotepad” (1995), “General Jude” (1995), “Pepsi” (1998), “Ballades of the War and Reconstruction” (2001), “The History of Culture at the Beginning of the Century” (2003), “Maradona” (2007), “Ethiopia” (2009), “Lili Marlene” (2009), “Gunshot and Knife” (2012)

Prose works:

“Big Mac” (a collection of short stories) (2003), “Depeche Mode” (a novel) (2004), “Anarchy in the UKR” (2005), “Anthem of Democratic Youth” (2006), “Voroshylovhrad” (a novel) (2010), “Mesopotamia” (2014).


  • Selected poems. 1992—2000 (2000)
  • Masscult (2003) (with Yuri Andrukhovych and Andriy Bondar)
  • Capital (2006)
  • The Three-cylinder Engine of Love (2007) (with Yuri Andrukhovych and Lyubko Deresh)
  • The Border (2009) (with Ihor Sid and Andriy Polyakov)
  • Farewell of Slovianka (2011)

Published by A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA in Ukrainian: