Celan and Ukraine

Celan knew Ukrainian.

Celan was the first to translate into German Yevgeniy Yevtushenko’s Babi Yar.

Legendary poet and interpreter Vasyl Stus was the first to translate Celan into Ukrainian.

Celan’s most famous piece, Death Fugue, was translated by famous academician poet Mykola Bazhan, among many other.

Serhii Zhadan has released a collection of his translations of Celan’s poetry. Petro Rykhlo has translated virtually Celan’s entire literature legacy. Interpreter of Celan into Russian Mark Bielorusets lives in Kyiv.