Nikita Pavlovich Godovanets

Godovanets, Nikita Pavlovich


Born Sept. 14 (26), 1893, in the village of Viknino, in present-day Bershad Raion, Vinnitsa Oblast. Soviet Ukrainian poet and fabulist. Born into a peasant family. School teacher.

Godovanets began to publish in 1917. Poor Man Klim, a collection of fables, appeared in 1927. It was followed by the collections Parasia at the Requiem (1929), Weevils (1930), The Tractor and Ralo (1931), and Fables (1932), all of which illuminated the pressing issues in a Ukrainian village during the period of collectivization. Godovanets is the author of translations and reworkings of the fables of D. Bednyi (1920), Aesop (the collection The River of Wisdom, 1964), Leonardo da Vinci, Phaedrus, Babrius, J. Krasicki (1969), and La Fontaine.


Baiky. Introduction by P. Slipchuk. Kiev, 1957.
Baiky. vols. 1–2. Introduction by I. Duz’. Kiev, 1968.
Baiky i prytchi. L’vov, 1970.
In Russian translation:
Solovei v kuriatnike. Moscow, 1960.


Petrov, Iu. Baikar Mykyta Godovanets’. Kiev, 1963.