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Zaporozhian Cossacks and Other Notes

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44 pages31 minutes

Summary

The book contains:
A short ethnographic note depicting some traditions of Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossacks written down around 1843.
Preface to an unpublished edition of "Kobzar,” the publication of which was prevented by Shevchenko's arrest in  1847.
 A short recollection about Taras Shevchenko time as a student in  Petersburg Academy of Arts and his friendship with the fellow student  Vasily Shternberg.
A short autobiography of Taras Shevchenko, written in the third person, unfinished.
Letter of T.Hr. Shevchenko to the editor of the “People's Reading. The “Letter” is yet another autobiography of Shevchenko, based on the unfinished draft. It was written to raise the public awareness to the fact that his brothers and sister remained serfs and that their owner, landlord  Fliorkovsky, refused to set them free. This autobiography was heavily edited due to the censorship and published in 1860.
All the notes are quite short. Some readers may find it difficult to read the preface and the autobiographies because they include a lot of information about prominent people of Shevchenko's era and many historical facts, now obscure. There are abundant translator's footnotes to clarify them. Reading through the first autobiography will make it easier to understand the second.
A note on  Ukrainian Zaporozhian Cossacks and a recollection about Taras Shevchenko student  years in the Academy of Arts are also footnoted but are, on the whole, an easy read.

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