While reading the Wikipedia article about Belarusian literature and the articles about individual authors who were active before World War II, it struck me that most authors were poets, with some of them also producing drama or translations. The main article doesn't mention novels until after World War II and the earliest mention of a novel in the articles about individual authors is one by Maksim Bahdanovič:

In 1907 Nasha Niva came out with Bahdanovič's first published work — the novel Muzyka.

Was Muzyka the first novel written and published in Belarusian or were there any earlier examples in the genre? If there were earlier examples, what are the title and the author of the first Belarusian novel?

  • The question may sound basic, but the information about Belarusian literature is so scant that one probably needs to consult sources in Belarusian or Russian to answer the question.
    – Tsundoku
    Sep 20, 2021 at 1:26
  • Would you consider Jan Barszczewski a Belarusian? Sep 21, 2021 at 20:49
  • @user58697 The decisive factor for this question is not whether a specific author can be considered Belarusian but whether he wrote a novel in Belarusian.
    – Tsundoku
    Sep 22, 2021 at 9:36
  • He did. Драўляны дзядок і мадам Інсекта is written in Belarusian. Sep 22, 2021 at 15:01


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