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Top 10 contemporary Belarusian writers

The golden age of Belarusian literature fell on the last century of the last millennium. It gave us such writers as Yakub Kolas, Yanka Kupala, Vasily Bykov, Vladimir Korotkevich, Ivan Melezh, Yanka Mavr and their works, which were in great demand not only within the country, but also abroad. The most famous creations of the above authors: "People in the Swamp" in 1961, "Alpine Ballad" in 1963, "Polesie Robinsons" in 1932, "Scattered Nest" in 1913. Legends of Belarusian writing were replaced by no less talented masters of the pen. Some of whom have reached even higher achievements than their predecessors.

Contemporary Belarusian literature

The Belarusian literature of the present time can boast of its versatility: in comparison with the golden age, modern writers both raise acute social issues in their works and develop subtle topics that have never been seen anywhere in Belarusian art, thereby creating truly unique material. The number of styles has also grown, thanks to which almost any reader can find an author of modern Belarusian literature who would leave pleasant feelings after reading his creation.

Top 10 contemporary writers from Belarus

We have identified the top 10 best among contemporary Belarusian writers. We offer you to get to know them better.

Svetlana Alexievich

She was born in 1948 in the city of Stanislav (Ukrainian SSR). Svetlana is the most famous and successful writer of modern Belarus. In 2015 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Over the years, Aleksievich has been collecting materials for the book which called 'War Does Not Have a Woman's Face' (1985), based on interviews with hundreds of women who took part in World War II. The last work, "Second-Hand Time (2013), concludes" Voices of Utopia'. The author's book" The Last Witnesses "(1985) belongs to the same lifelong project. Records of the nurse and writer Sofia Fedorchenko (1888-1959) of the experiments of Russian soldiers during World War I and the documentary stories of Ales Adamovich (1927-1994) about World War II played an important role in Aleksievich's work.

In 2015, Svetlana Aleksievich was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature with the wording "for the polyphonic sound of her prose and perpetuating suffering and courage."

Olga Gromyko

She was born in 1978 in Vinitsa. In 2003, Olga Gromyko began writing a novel in the genre of humorous fantasy for the first time. She also tried to create in childhood - she wrote poems about rabbits eaten by wolves, but she came to literature seriously after coming of age. The most popular series by Olga Gromyko is "the Belorian Cycle" about the witch Volkha, which includes the works "Loyal Enemies", "Profession: Witch", "Guardian Witch", "Supreme Witch", "Witch Tales", and "Beolrian Chronicles".

Natalia Batrakova

She was born in 1964 in the small town of Belynichi. The pretty girl, excellent pupil, was fond of mathematics and wrote poetry. And suddenlyy even for her the lyricist took over the palm. Those who have already got acquainted with the novels-dilogies "The Territory of the Soul" and "Square of Consent", which have become real bestsellers, could note that special aura, that peculiar mood that captures from the first pages. A well-built plot, subtle psychologism and penetration into the inner world of the heroes not only keep the reader's interest throughout the entire story, not only allow readers to visit the territory of feelings, but also rethink the concepts that have become so familiar as love, friendship, family values, responsibility for their actions. In 2012, her book "A moment of infinity" was published.

Victor Martinovich

Born in 1977 in the town of Oshmyany, Grodno region, but at the age of several months he moved with his parents to Minsk. In 2009, Victor wrote his first novel - "Paranoia". In 2013, "Paranoia" was published in English in the United States and immediately received many positive reviews in the American and English press. In particular, two laudatory reviews have already been written in the newspaper New-York Times. In 2013, Viktor Martinovich published a new book with an unusual title - "Sfagnum". Even at the stage of the manuscript, the book landed on the long list of the Russian book prize "National Bestseller". In 2018, Martinovich's new novel "Night" was released. The action takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where time has stood still. Today Viktor Martinovich is an active blogger, associate professor at YSU. His works have been presented on the European theater stage more than once.

Adam Globus

Vladimir Adamchik (real name) was born in 1958.

Vladimir Adamchik graduated from the pedagogical faculty of the Minsk Art School, and later entered the Belarusian State Theater and Art University. He was a member of the Tuteishyya partnership, a member of the Writers' Union of the USSR and the BSSR.

The first poem by Adam Globus appeared in print in 1981 in the newspaper Literature and Art. In 1988 he published collection of poems "Park", a year later - a collection of stories "Loneliness at the stadium". In 1992, the book “Death is a Man” was published, a year later - “Crossroads”, and every year he published new works, which in 2000 were combined into one collection “Texts”.

Globus works have been translated into the main languages ​​of the world, as well as into Ossetian and Catalan, and were published in Germany, Great Britain, Slovenia, Czech Republic and many other countries.

Olgerd Bakharevich

Olgerd was born on January 31, 1975 in Minsk. In 1997 he graduated from the philological faculty of BSPU. After university, he worked as a teacher and then as a journalist. The first texts were published in 1993. In the 90s - he became one of the founders ("pillars") of the literary and artistic movement "Bum-Bam-Lit". In 2007-2013 Olgerd lived in Hamburg. In 2013 he moved to Minsk. The most famous works: "A Practical Guide to the Ruin of Cities", "Natural Color", "No Mercy for Valentina G.", "The Damned Guests of the Capital", "Forty on the Gallows", "My Nineties", "The Last Book of Mr. A".

Andrey Zhvalevsky

Andrey was born in 1967 in Grodno.

The first book "Porrie Gatter and the Stone Philosopher" was published in 2002 and immediately brought fame to the author.

In the spring of 2006, Zhvalevsky received the Cherished Dream national children's award in the Funniest Book nomination for the ironic horror novel "You Can't Be Harmful Here".

In the spring of 2007, the authors received the Alice award for the same novel at the Roscon convention.

The story "Gymnasium No. 13" became a finalist for the Krapivin Prize and won first place at the "DAR" festival (2011).

Arthur Klinov

Arthur was born in 1965 in Minsk into an Old Believer family.

In 1987 he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Belarusian Technical Academy. He is the author of numerous art exhibitions in Belarus and abroad. Since 1998 - Chairman of the Belarusian Association of Contemporary Artists.

In August 2010, he began work on a script for the film adaptation of the book by Yan Barshchevsky "Shlyashtsits Zavalnya".

Tamara Lissitskaya

She was born on January 2 in Minsk. She is not only a famous writer, but also a successful TV and radio host. In general, we can say that a talented person, talented in everything.

List of creations you must see:

"Idiots" is the story of three friends throughout their childhood-adolescence-maturity, who live, suffer and love. Place of action - Minsk;

"Quiet Center" (2007) - the story of an old eight-apartment building in the quiet center of the capital. Bohemia and outcasts, "stars" and outsiders of life - fate brought very different people together in one place at the same time. A television series was filmed based on the book;

 "Cavalier and Ladies" (2013) - a collection of poems by contemporary Belarusian authors;

Stork's Kiss (2014) is an eccentric tragicomedy from the life of pregnant people.

"The Goddess, or the Crying of a Housewife" (2014) - a collection of lyrics.

Andrey Khadanovich

Andrey was born in 1973 in Minsk. Khadanovich's work is distinguished by the richness and diversity of language, stylistic experiments, irony of style, and the achievements of Russian and East European "book" poetry are combined with elements of "grassroots" culture.

The first book of Khadanovich's poems was published in Ukrainian translation in Kiev: 'Letters from under the blanket', a collection of his selected poems in Belarusian was also published in Kiev: "From Belarus with Love" (2005). Other publications: "Old Tops" (2003), "Sheets from under the blanket" (2004), "Compatriots, albo Belaruskiya limeryki" (2005). Poems were also translated into Russian, Polish, English, Latvian, Lithuanian, German, Slovak.