Bludnyi syn: roman u dvokh chastynakh [The prodigal son: a novel in two parts].

Munich: Vydavnytstvo, 1955. Octavo (20.5 × 15 cm). Original illustrated card wrappers; 295, [8] pp. Signed and inscribed by the author to title. Light wear and soil to wrappers; lower spine extremity frayed; text evenly toned, still about very good. Item #3417

First edition. A publication of the Ukrainian diaspora in post WWII Germany, this epic novel covers the life of a Ukrainian family on the eve of the Bolshevik revolution. The events in the novel range geographically from the Volyn and the Dnieper regions to Donbass, Moscow and Kiev. The novel ends in Kiev with the description of the revolutionary events of 1917-1918. Nothing is known about the author of the novel, however, a Ukrainian literary critic, editor and journalist Ivan Koshelevets (1907-1999) is credited with the “literary editing” of the text and may have been the actual author of the novel. Having come of age in Soviet Ukraine, Koshelevets worked as a schoolteacher until an accusation of “Ukrainian nationalism” led to his firing in 1933, stripping him of his teaching license. In 1938 he regained a partial right to teach ancient Ukrainian history. In 1944 Koshelevets was reported in Tyrol, Austria at a displaced persons camp. He later moved to Salzburg, Austria, where he edited the Ukrainian diaspora journal “Litavry,” before settling in Munich, Germany where he worked for an encyclopedia of Ukrainian studies and had a long career as an editor of a number of diaspora journals. The novel is a rare document of the national outlook of the Ukrainian diaspora in Germany.

KVK, OCLC show the copies at Cleveland, Columbia, Ohio State, Penn State, and Manitoba.

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