Translated by Svetlana Lavochkina
Dmytro Kremin (1953-2019) was an award-winning poet, journalist, essayist, translator, songwriter, civil activist, scholar, and one of the most prominent contemporary literary personalities of the post-World War II generation in Ukraine. Born and raised in a picturesque Transcarpathian village in 1953, Kremin started writing poetry at an early age. His student years were marked by literary experimentation and artistic resistance to the conformist constraints of the Brezhnev regime. Kremin and his colleague Mykola Matola used an old typewriter to produce the literary journal Skrynia [Chest], but criminal charges were brought against the duo resulting in the repression of Kremin’s works.
Upon graduation in 1979, Kremin moved to Mykolaiv in the south of Ukraine, where he became one of the stalwarts of Ukraine’s national and cultural revival. His work is famed for uniting history and modernity as well as intertwining ardour and objectivity in the portrayal of his homeland.
In 1999, Kremin was the recipient of the Taras Shevchenko Prize, the highest literary distinction in Ukraine.A Violin from the Other Riverside “performs a complex tune of elements and temperaments, epic and drama, love and hate, universal and personal, wisdom and folly”
Translator Svetlana Lavochkina is a Ukrainian-born novelist and poet living in Germany since 1999. Lavochkina’s verse novel, Carbon, was published in 2020 by Lost Horse Press.
The Lost Manuscript
To burn down Kiev Library is not too bad—
The voices of obscure poets—