|About the Book|
Vasyl Barka was a poet, writer, literary critic, and translator. An emigre from 1943, he lived in Germany, where he was active in the MUR literary association, before settling in the United States in 1949. Barkas orphic works require intuitive rather than logical comprehension. His poetry developed and grew in stature, from the early lyrical collections to the monumental 4,000-strophe epic novel in verse Svidok dlia sontsia shestykrylykh (The Witness for the Sun of Seraphims, 1981), addressed to the theme of reconciliation between man and the Creator. His first novel, Rai (Paradise, 1953), deals with the Soviet paradise. His second novel, Zhovtyi kniaz (The Yellow Prince, 1962, 1968), about the Ukrainian Famine-Genocide of 1932–33, was translated into French (Paris 1981) and served as the basis for Oles Yanchuks 1993 Ukrainian feature film Holod-33 (Famine-33).