Kachurovsky, Ihor

Kachurovsky, Ihor [Качуровський, Ігор; Kačurovs'kyj], b 1 September 1918 in Nizhyn, Chernihiv gubernia, d 18 July 2013 in Munich, Germany. Writer, literary scholar, and translator. A graduate of the Kursk Pedagogical Institute (1941), he fled to Austria in 1944. In 1948 he emigrated to Argentina, where he edited the monthly Porohy in Buenos Aires. In 1969 he moved to Munich, and from 1979 he taught at the Ukrainian Free University, from 1982 as a professor. As a poet, Kachurovsky is considered a successor to the Neoclassicists of the 1920s; he is the author of the collections Nad svitlym dzherelom (At the Lustrous Source, 1948), V dalekii havani (In the Faraway Haven, 1956), and Pisnia pro bilyi parus (Song about the White Sail, 1971) and the long poem Selo (The Village, 1960). His well-received novels include Shliakh nevidomoho (The Path of the Stranger, 1956; English: Because Deserters Are Immortal, 1979), Zaliznyi kurkul' (The Iron Kulak, 1959), and Dim nad krucheiu (The House on the Cliff, 1966). As a literary scholar, Kachurovsky wrote articles about Ukrainian writers and literature, and the books Strofika (Versification, 1967), Fonika (Phonics, 1984), and Narys komparatyvnoï metryky (Outline of Comparative Metrics, 1985). He also edited collections of Ukrainian poetry and translated Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Polish, Belarusian, and Dutch poetry into Ukrainian, including a selection of translations of Petrarch’s sonnets (1982).

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[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1988).]

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