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Statue of Lesia Ukrainka

    Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka – pen-name Lesia Ukrainka (b. 25 February 1871 in the town of Novohrad-Volynskyi of Ukraine – d. 1 August ,1913 in Surami, Georgia) a pioneer of the Ukrainian feminist movement, one of the most famous Ukrainian poets, translator, folklorist, public and cultural activist was born in supportive and patriotic family. Her mother was Olha Drahomanova-Kosach, better known under her pen-name Olena Pchilka, an appreciated literary figure and composer of poetry and children’s stories. Her father – Petro Kosach was well-educated civil servant and a landowner. Lesia Ukrainka was proficient in many languages, such as English, French, Italian, Latin, Polish, Bulgarian, Greek and Russian.  She was best known for her poems and plays. Lesia translated into Ukrainian many works of famous writer’s and poet’s (Heinrich Heine, Victor Hugo, Adam Mickiewicz, Mykola Hohol, Homer) Despite her illness (she was stricken with bone tuberculosis) she wrote and published the best books. Her most well-known works include poetry collections  On the Wings of Songs (1893), the epic poems –  An Ancient Tale (1893), Thoughts and Dreams (1899), Echos (1902), A Single Word (1903), Cassandra (1903-1907), dramatic poems – The Boyar Woman (1910), ) In the Catacombs (1905), The Forest Song (1911), textbook – “Ancient History of Oriental Peoples “. Due to her illness, she traveled a lot. She spent the most important and most fruitful years of his life in Georgia. First time she visited Georgia in 1903. In 1908 She spent winter in Telavi (Georgia) and then moved to Egypt, but returned soon and spent the last years of her life with his husband in Surami (Georgia). Lesia Ukrainka died in Surami (Georgia) at the age of 42.

    Address : 2, David Guramishvili street, Khashuri Municipality, Town Surami, Georgia

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