Yevhen Pluzhnyk

Yevhen Pavlovych Pluzhnyk (Ukrainian: Плужник Євген Павлович; 26 December [O.S. 14 December] 1898, Kantemirovka, Voronezh Governorate, Russian Empire — 2 February 1936, Solovki, USSR) was a Ukrainian poet, playwright and translator from Eastern Sloboda Ukraine.

Yevhen Pluzhyk
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Native name
Євген Павлович Плужник
BornDec 14 [O.S. Dec 26] 1898
Kantemirovka, Voronezh Governorate, Russian Empire
DiedFebruary 2, 1936(1936-02-02) (aged 37)
Solovki, RSFSR, USSR
Resting placeBaikove Cemetery
(nominal grave)
Pen nameКантемирянин
(tr. Kantemyrianyn
'a human from Kantemirovka')
Occupationpoet, playwright and translator
CitizenshipRussian EmpireUPRUSSR
Years active1924–1936
PartnerHalyna Kovalenko (1923–1936)


Pluzhnyk had born in sloboda Kantemirovka. His father was from Poltava.

Pluzhnyk was studying at Voronezh gymnasium for several years until he was ejected from it because of his participating in illegal circles. After that he continued to study in Rostov-on-Don and Bobrov. In 1918 his family moved to Poltavshchyna, where Pluzhnyk worked as a teacher of language and literature.

He studied at Kyiv Zootechic Institute, where his sister's husband worked. Then he stopped studying to become an actor. From 1921 Pluzhnyk studied at a Kyiv musical-dramatic institute named after Mykola Lysenko, where famous professor Volodymyr Sladkopevtsev taught. Despite success in studying, Pluzhnyk had to leave it due to tuberculosis. From 1924 he actively participated in the literature organization «Lanka» (Link).

In 1926 Pluzhnyk's disease worsened, but the writer survived. He was under medical treatment in Vorzel; also he continued rehabilitation on Crimea or on Caucasus two times a year. From 1923 Pluzhnyk worked as a translator at desks, continuing self-education and writing poems in the evenings.

On 4 December 1934 Pluzhnyk was arrested by NKVD and charged with participating in a nationalistic terror organization. In March 1935 offsite Military Collegium of the Supreme Court of the Soviet Union sentenced Pluzhnyk, Epik, Kulish, Pidmohylny and others to execution by firing squad. Then this sentence was replaced by long-term incarceration on Solovki, where the poet died due to tuberculosis. His last words were «Я вмиюся, пригадаю Дніпро і вмру» ("I will wash, will remember Dnieper and will die.") Yevhen Pluzhnyk was buried in camp cemetery, his grave is not saved.

Pluzhnyk was rehabilitated in August 1956. His nominal grave is on Baikove Cemetery, part No.9.

Literature activityEdit

Yevhen Pluzhnyk started writing at the beginning of 1920s. First works were published in 1924. He became a literator due to Yuriy Mezhenko, whose estimate of the poet's talent and joined him to session of Aspys.[1] Pluzhyk's poetry was highly evalueted by M. Rylsky, M. Zerov, M. Bazhan.

Pluzhnyk printed his works in magazines Hlobus (The Globe), Nova Hromada (The New Community), Chervony Shliakh (The Red Route), «Zhyttia y Revoliutsia» (The Life and the Revolution). In the mid-1920s he published his first poetic albums Dni (Days, 1926) and Rannia Osin (The Early Autumn, 1927).

Pluzhnyk's poetry has deep lyricism and dramatism of feelings, masterful poetic language.

Yevhen Pluzhnyk took part in «Aspys» (1923–1924) and «Lanka» (from 1926 — «MARS»).[2] In «Lanka» he opposed to Todos Osmachka, in literature of that time Pluzhnyk was an opponent to Volodymyr Sosiura.

Pluzhnyk with V. Atamaniuk and F. Yakubosky worked at Anthology of Ukrainian Poetry (1930–1932).

He translated into Ukrainian Gogol's Nevsky Prospekt and Marriage, Chekhov's Flatterers and Thief, Sholokhov's And Quiet Flows the Don, Tolstoi's Childhood and Boyhood, Gorky's The Artamonov Business.

Pluzhnyk is author of poetic album Rivnovaha («Equilibrium», 1933; published in 1948 in Augsburg and in 1966 in Ukraine), novel Neduha(«Illness», 1928; alternative name — Siayvo «Shining»), plays Professor Sukhorab (1929), On the Yard of Suburb (1929), Bog (text is unknown). Also he created a play in verses A Plot in Kyiv (other names — Saboteurs, Brothers), which had been put on by Ivan Franko Theatre (producer Kost Koshevsky) and Les Kurbas' «Berezil».

Also Pluzhnyk created a poem for Pidmohulny's story The Third Revolution. He wrote some scripts for VUFKU, but they were not accepted. Their destiny is unknown.

Yehen Pluzhnyk and Valerian Pidmohylny created a dictionary Phraseology of Business Language (1926, 1927).


In 1923 Yevhen Pluzhnyk married with Halyna Kovalenko. In 1943 she moved to Lviv, then to Germany and last time – to the United States. Kovalenko had written memoir about poet. Her sisters Mariia Yurkova and Taiisia Kovalenko was saving remembrance about Yevhen Pluzhnyk, promote of his rehabilitation and republication of his works.

Remembrance about Yevhen PluzhnykEdit

  • From 1992 Central District Library of Shevchenkivskyi District of city of Kyiv was named after Yevhen Pluzhnyk.
  • There is commemorative plaque on the house on Prorizna Str., 18/1 (Shevchenkivskyi District, Kiyv), where Yevhen Pluzhnyk was living in 1923–1934 (sculptor – O. I. Chobotar, architect – O. K. Stukalov).

Literature and sourcesEdit

  • Г. П. Герасимова. Плужник Євген Павлович// Енциклопедія історії України : у 10 т. / редкол.: В. А. Смолій (голова) та ін. ; Інститут історії України НАН України. — К. : Наук. думка, 2011. — Т. 8 : Па — Прик. — С. 278. — ISBN 978-966-00-1142-7.(in Ukrainian)



  1. ^ Aspys (Ukrainian: Аспис (Асоціація письменників, literally Association of the writers)) is Kyiv neoclassicist literature organization, which worked in 1923–1924
  2. ^ MARS (Ukrainian: МАРС), full name — Майстерня революційного слова (Workshop of revolutionary word) is Kyiv literature organization, which worked from 1924 to 1929.