Nova Generatsiia

Image - Nova generatsiia (no. 8, 1929).

Nova Generatsiia [Нова Генерація] (New Generation). A literary organization of futurists (see Futurism), established in Kharkiv in 1927 by former members of the Association of Panfuturists, Mykhailo Semenko, Geo Shkurupii, Oleksii Poltoratsky, A. Chuzhy, Mykola Skuba, and others, and new members such as Dmytro Buzko. Its program embraced the propagandistic slogans of internationalism and proletarian culture and was combined with an imperative to modernize Ukrainian literature by putting it in touch with contemporary literary currents in the West. The organization's official organ bore the same name (see Nova generatsiia). In 1929 the name was changed to the All-Ukrainian Association of Workers of Communist Culture, and in 1930, to the Alliance of Proletarian Writers in Ukraine. In 1931 the organization was forced to disband. Most of its members were executed during the Stalinist terror, although some, such as O. Poltoratsky, succumbed to pressure and adopted the Party line.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]

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