Bozhko, Sava

Bozhko, Sava [Божко, Сава; Božko], b 24 April 1901 in the village of Krutoiarivka in Katerynoslav gubernia (present-day Mezhova raion, Dnipropetrovsk oblast), d 21 April 1947 in Slovianka, Dnipropetrovsk oblast. Writer, journalist, and teacher. Bozhko edited the Kharkiv newspaper Chervonyi Kordon. He was a member of the literary organization Pluh from 1923. From 1932 he lived in Kherson and taught political economy and Party history at the agricultural institute. Imprisoned in 1939, he returned to Kherson after the Second World War and worked for the newspaper Naddniprians’ka pravda. He was rehabilitated in 1960. Bozhko’s first publications were popular historical accounts: Kozachchyna (Rozmova z selianamy) (The Cossack Period [A Conversation with Peasants], 1922) and Khmel'nychchyna (The Khmelnytsky Period, 1922). Later he wrote the historical novels Nad kolyskoiu Zaporizhzhia (At the Cradle of the Zaporizhia, 1925), Chabans'kyi vik (The Shepherd’s Age, 1927), and V stepakh (In the Steppes, 1930).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 1 (1984).]




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