Vsevolod Nestayko

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Vsevolod Nestayko
Born Vsevolod Zinoviyovych Nestayko
(1930-01-30)30 January 1930
Berdychiv, Berdychiv Okruh, Ukrainian SSR
Died 16 August 2014(2014-08-16) (aged 84)
Kyiv, Ukraine
Occupation author of children's books
Nationality Ukrainian

Vsevolod Nestayko (Ukrainian: Всеволод Зіновійович Нестайко; 30 January 1930[1] – 16 August 2014[2][3]) was a modern Ukrainian children's writer.[3] In Ukraine he is considered the country's best-known and best loved Ukrainian children’s literature writer.[4][3][1][2]


During World War I Nestayko's parents were on opposite sides of the front.[3] His father was a Sich Riflemen (of the former Austro-Hungarian army) and later a member of the Ukrainian Galician Army; his mother was a teacher of Russian literature and nurse in the Russian Imperial Army.[3] In 1933 his father was killed by the NKVD.[3][4] To escape the Holodomor famine Nestayko and his mother moved to Kiev to her sister.[3] Nestayko lived and worked since in Kiev.[3]

In 1947[4] he started and in 1952 Nestayko graduated from the Faculty of Philology of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.[3] He then worked in the magazine "Dnipro", "Periwinkle" and "Youth".[3] And from 1956 to 1987 Nestayko was the editor in charge of children's literature magazine "Rainbow".[3] Nestayko's first book “Shurka & Shurko” was published in 1956.[4] From then till his death circa 30 of his stories, fairy tales, novels and plays were published.[4] His books have been translated into twenty languages throughout the world, including English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Bengali, Hungarian, Romanian, Bulgarian, and Slovak.[4] The adaptation of Nestayko's Toreadors from Vasyukivka won a Grand-prix at the International Festival in Munich (in 1968) and the main prize in Sydney (in 1969).[4] The Fraud ”F” adaptation was awarded at the All-Soviet-Union Film Festival in Kiev (in 1984) and at the Gabrovo Film Festival (in Bulgaria in 1985).[4] Nestayko's works are included in school curricula in Ukraine.[3]

In 2010 Viktor Yushchenko awarded him an order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise of fifth class.[5]


  1. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) Died Ukrainian children's writer Vsevolod Nestayko - media, Korrespondent (17 August 2014)
  2. ^ a b (in Ukrainian) He died a famous children's writer Vsevolod Nestayko , Dyvys.info (16 August 2014)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l (in Ukrainian) DIED Vsevolod Nestayko, Ukrayinska Pravda (17 August 2014)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Vsevolod Nestayko (30.01.1930), The publishing house of Ivan Malkovych A-BA-BA-HA-LA-MA-HA
  5. ^ Ющенко наградил орденом автора трилогии Тореадоры из Васюковки. korrespondent.net (in Russian). 25 January 2010. Retrieved 10 May 2015.