WOMEN'S FACES OF BELARUSIAN LITERATURE
On 8 October, 2015, the Belarusian writer Sviatlana Aleksijevich was awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature “for her polyphonic writings, a monument to suffering and courage of our time.” Ever since this moment, thousands of people from around the world have been actively looking for information about Belarus, its culture and literature.
However, despite the abundance of the literary heritage, the official canon of the Belarusian literature and its "pantheon of classics" is still represented by male names: Janka Kupala, Jakub Kolas, Maksim Bahdanovich, Vasil Bykau, Uladzimir Karatkievich.
Throughout the twentieth century there was a clear gender imbalance, and the situation only slightly changed with the collapse of the Soviet Union, when Belarus gained its independence. At the same time, gender issues began to be widely discussed and to affect various spheres of public life.
The Nobel Prize awarded to Sviatlana Aleksijevich is also very important for Belarusian literature due to the fact that it drew attention to other women’s voices in Belarusian prose and poetry.
What is it like, the women’s face of modern Belarusian literature?
We present only a cross-section, just a few of the great authors who work in various genres: Valancina Aksak, Sviatlana Aleksijevich, Alena Brava, Nasta Kudasava, Maryja Rouda, Tanya Skarynkina. They all are distinguished Belarusian writers, each of whom has a distinct style of her own, and a unique approach to life.
They have something to tell the world.
Books From Belarus is a non-commercial project aimed at promoting the best contemporary Belarusan literature abroad. It presents best fiction, recently published by independent Belarusan publishers.