Questions tagged [belarusian-literature]

Questions about works of literature that were originally written in the Belarusian language, regardless of where they were originally published.

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What were Bulgarian biscuits?

In Zinky Boys (track 7 in the audiobook), a female doctor complained that the girls she stayed with mostly talked about things like rubles, foreign currency vouchers, and how to steal meat and other ...
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Why the different spellings of Belarus?

In several poems in Like Water, like Fire, Belarus is spelled "Byelorussia", and in some it's spelled "Biełaruś". Why is that?
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What does it mean that "your door is stroked with chalk / then at dark a chariot arrives" in Belarus?

In the poem Belarusian I by Valzyhna Mort, extracted from her book Factory of Tears, the poet appears to be bemoaning the lack of freedom in her country. Some parts are clear enough, even if ...
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Is Belarus actually hard to farm?

To Our Native Land by Janka Lučyna starts as follows: Thou art spread widely with forests and marshes, With sand-dune expanses that grant but poor living It then goes on to talk about how bad the ...
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What was the first Belarusian novel?

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 ...
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Who wrote this particular poem in Zinky Boys?

Zinky Boys refers to the following (rather morbid in my opinion) poem: Women and wine are fine But a real man needs more The sweet taste of war The interviewee mentioned that that bit of verse was ...
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Why did so many people in Zinky Boys give the temperature as 70 degrees Celsius?

In Zinky Boys, numerous people quoted complained that the temperature was 70 degrees Celsius. In fact, so far, everyone who mentioned an exact temperature gave that as the number. Why was that?
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Why were Afghanistan veterans treated so poorly relative to World War II veterans?

A recurring theme in Zinky Boys is how little the general population knew about the war in Afghanistan (especially at first). The Soviet government told everyone that they were building bridges and ...
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What was the original rhyming scheme of "Do not shun me..."?

The poem Do Not Shun Me... starts as follows: Do not shun me, my lord, nor recoil Because callouses all my hands cover; For such sis the badget of a hard toil, And will not defile you, no never. 'Tis ...
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What was the long list of names in the beginning of "Zinky Boys"?

Toward the beginning of Zinky Boys, Svetlana Alexievich states that she didn't use people's real names in the book (mostly to protect their privacy) but kept a record of them in case her sources ever ...
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Why did Svetlana Alexievich write "Zinky Boys"?

In the beginning of Zinky Boys, Svetlana Alexievich states that she didn't want to write another war book and talks about how strongly and negatively writing her previous war book had affected her. ...
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What is the significance of the 40-year period referred to in this Francisak Bahusevic poem?

The poem My Pipe by Francisak Bahusevic contains the following lines: Like fish from the river, On the ice a-flapping, Just so I, it happened, Forty years flapped, yearning, Yet knew no returning, ...
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What is Krosyn?

"Play then, play" by Pauluk or Paŭli︠u︡k Bahrym (in the poetry anthology Like Water, like Fire) contains the following lines: ... But the bagpipes I must play, for I in Krosyn cannot stay ...
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You can enter prison for reading in Belarus, why?

#Belarus 66-year-old Halina Huliankova was sentenced to 20 days in prison for reading books of Belarusian authors. She was on a train together with other pensioners. She is being held at Akrescina. In ...