Osip Makovei

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Makovei, Osip Stepanovich


(pseudonyms, Evmen, Spektator, O. Stepanovich, and others). Born Aug. 11 (23), 1867, in lavorov, present-day L’vov Oblast; died Aug. 21, 1925, in Zaleshchiki, present-day Ternopol’ Oblast. Ukrainian writer.

Makovei was the son of a peasant. He graduated from the philosophy department at the University of L’vov in 1893. His published works include the poetry collections Poetry (1895) and Journey to Kiev (1897), the lyric cycles Grief and Mockery (1896) and Mountain Thoughts (1899), and the poem Howler (1911), a satire on the life and morals of the Galician representatives to the Austro-Hungarian parliament. Makovei also wrote stories about the life of the western Ukrainian peasantry and topical satires and humorous short stories directed against the bourgeois-nationalist demagogues and obscurantist clerics. He is the author of the novellas The Land on the Other Side of the Forest (1897) and laroshenko (1903, published 1905). As a critic and literary scholar who was close to I. Ia. Franko, Makovei advocated realism, democratic ideinosf (ideological commitment), and narodnost’ (close ties with the people) in literature.


Vybrani tvory. Kiev, 1961.
In Russian translation:
Izbr. rasskazy i ocherki. Moscow, 1957.


Pogrebennik, F. Osip Makovei. Kiev, 1960.
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