Novoaydar Things to Do

  • Town entrance sign, Novoaydar
    Town entrance sign, Novoaydar
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    Famous Countryman

    by hunterV Updated Dec 16, 2011

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    The monument to Ivan Pribludny, the peasants
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    The monument to the Soviet poet Ivan Pribludny stands at the entrance to Ultra youth club.
    Ivan Pribludny (real name: Yakov Ovcharenko) was born in the village of Bezginovo Novoaydar County in 1895. He became a homeless child at an early age. He took part in the Civil War where he fought in a cavalry division. Then he met Sergey Yessenin and they made friends.
    Yakov Ovcharenko became a pupil of Sergey Yessenin, a great Russian poet.
    He chose the pen name of Ivan Pribludny.
    I would say the style of Sergey Yessenin and that of Ivan Pribludny are very similar.
    You can’t read their poems without a tear in your eye.
    Ivan Pribludny published his collections of poems in the twenties of the last century: “Poplar on a Stone” (1926), “Good Morning!” (1931).
    Ivan Pribludny is known as a peasants’ poet.
    The poet had a tragic destiny. He was suspected of unforgivable things: mocking Joseph Stalin and parodying the awkward Bolshevik government in his poems.
    As a result he was arrested for “counterrevolutionary activities” and executed in 1937 when Stalin’s ruthless purges were in full swing.
    On December 1, 2005 when the centenary of poet’s birth was celebrated, a memorial plaque and a monument were dedicated in his native village to honor his memory,

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    Visiting the Museum of Local Lore

    by hunterV Updated May 13, 2011

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    War Hall at the museum of local lore, Novoaydar
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    If you turn left after viewing Lenin monument, you will walk past Pyramid cafe, see the market building in front of you and the building with a wrought iron door (the one the museum employee are so proud of) is the museum.
    The museum of local lore has a huge collection of diverse people's national costumes that differ from village to village like nowhere else in tye whole region perhaps.
    They also have several halls and a picture gallery.
    Meet Ms.Valentina Cherkashina, the museum chief, who will gladly tell you a lot of things about the town and the county.

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    A Stroll Downtown

    by hunterV Updated Jan 30, 2011

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    Lenin monument, Novoaydar, Luhansk region
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    Lenin monument is a good orientation mark here.
    It stands in front of the county leisure center called palace of culture here.
    You will also see the War Memorial opposite the monument and the building of the district administration to its right.
    You can explore Lenin Street and walk past the secondary school to the river or turn left past the monument and see the market, the museum, the youth club, etc.

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    Explore the Main Street

    by hunterV Updated Jan 2, 2011

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    The main square, Novoaydar, Ukraine
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    Walk or, which is better, drive along Lenin Street (over 4 km), the main street of the town.
    It leads directly to the river and to the town beach.
    The street will bring you to the main square with Lenin monument, the county administration building, the leisure center, etc.

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    The Poems of Ivan Pribludny

    by hunterV Updated Oct 4, 2010

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    The monument to the peasants' poet, Novoaydar
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    Here is my translation of one of his poems. I was very impressed by the poem and wanted you to read it, too.
    Of course, the original Russian rhymed poem sounds much more impressive than the English translation:

    About Dogs, People and Myself

    I remember, some day somehow,
    I think it was in 1915,
    A dog died in the garden
    Behind the house adorned with hops.

    And people, not knowing any sorrow,
    Hardly even looking at it,
    Grumbled calmly and coldly,
    - A dog’s death to a dog!

    And I remember that quietly
    For fun and without any threat
    I gave the hungry dog a piece of bread
    With a thick needle inside.

    And she ate, very pleased,
    But the wicked blade was sure,
    And she wheezed bitterly and for a long time
    Until she died at the threshold.

    And at once – like many kids –
    And trying to look grownup –
    I also remarked calmly,
    - A dog’s death to a dog!

    Then, when the city took me,
    I remember in one corner
    A clumsy thief was caught
    With a stranger’s suitcase in his hand.

    In those days – when the laws of czars and gods
    Began to shatter,
    They could not investigate,
    And, to finish it all quickly –

    They struck the unfortunate thief
    With stones – one, two, three, -
    And then – only blood at the fence
    And a horror at where his head was.

    And the judges, seeing that sorrow,
    And still making much noise,
    I remember, they shouted,
    - A dog’s death to a dog!

    I see better parts in life too,
    But writing so bitterly
    I may offend many people
    Or even cause their death.

    And for that in all corners
    Or maybe even here right now
    I will be outlawed
    And not allowed to live any more.

    You will have a house and kids
    And the laws and chiefs will be for you
    And nobody in the whole world
    Will ever let me inside for a night.

    In some nasty time
    In an unmarked year
    I will calm myself forever
    At an eternally quiet gate.

    And my voice – still young –
    Will die away among other graves
    With a rebuke of such promises
    That nobody gave you.

    And still, thinking of your loss,
    And looking at the last portrait,
    I know many people will say,
    - A dog’s death to a dog!

    1924
    (translated by hunterV, 2007 for VT)

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