"... this recently published English translation offers diaspora
Ukrainians a much awaited chance to enjoy Ukrainian literature without the aid of
"'Women's Voices' is one of the first English translations of work by
Ukrainian women writers..."
"The collection is not exclusively devoted to a strict feminist
agenda. It also reflects the vibrant intelligentsia-led populist movement prevalent in the
19th century. While established writers once found creative inspiration within the
confines of upper class life, these four women embraced the populist belief that social
injustices and rural life could provide literary inspiration. They scandalized the wealthy
urban conservatives with their warm stories of simple peasant traditions and with their
harsh criticism of the ruling rich."
"The series 'Women's Voices' initiates the reader into what for
many is the untrodden territory of Ukrainian women's writing. It gives people a chance to
read some of the best women's writing Ukraine has to offer. Most importantly it dispels
the notion that Ukrainian literature is arcane and foreign and turns it into something
accessible and easily appreciated."
by Sophia Peniak
This review appeared in the Fall 1999 edition of "Zdorov."
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