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A life in poetry

A life in poetry
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14 September – 6 November
Ringed corridor (second floor)

From September 14th to November 6th, the ring corridor (2nd floor) hosts the book exhibition "Life in Poetry", dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the birth of Maxim Tank and the National Unity Day.

Maxim Tank is a patriotic poet, satirist, philosopher, innovator, a significant figure in the history of Belarusian literature and one of the best masters of the poetic word in the field of poetic form. To his creative maturity, the poet went through a deep awareness of national spiritual treasures, assimilation of artistic achievements of world literature and their development on national material, constant search, improvement of skill.

The country of Maxim Tank's poetry is extremely large and interesting. It is crossed by almost all the meridians of the globe, hundreds of cities and villages stand at the intersections of its roads, and it is inhabited by people of various nations and nationalities. The poet cares about everything: native landscapes and the problem of human existence, the "panarama of the battle for bread" and references to past battles with fascism, the feeling of love and the tragedy of Chile. However, in the thematic diversity of Maxim Tank's poetry, one dominant theme appears. This is the theme of the Motherland, the native land, the fatherland.


The main exhibits of the exhibition are lifetime editions of the National Poet of Belarus: poetry collections, including the very first “At the Stages" (1936), "Cranberry colour" (1937), as well as separately published poems "Narach", "Yanuk Syaliba”. The exhibition features first editions of poetry collections for children, fairy tales and complete collections of works.

Among the highlights of the exhibition are the collection of poems "My Shrine" (1994) autographed by Maxim Tank, the Western Belarusian magazine "Snapok" (1937) with the first poems written by the poet for children, the photo album "Maksim Tank" prepared by the Center for Research of Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature and the Ya. Kupala Institute of Literary Studies of the Academy of Sciences of Belarus - winner of the II degree diploma in the category "Photo Vision" of the National Contest "The Art of Books".

Maxim Tank's works have been translated into many languages of the world. The exhibition features publications in Russian, English, Latvian, Chinese, Estonian, Czech, Polish, and Chechen.

Also presented are anniversary scientific publications of the last 10 years. Among them are “Maksim Tank and Polish literature” (by А. Verabei, 2012), “Maksim Tank. A Talent engaged with the sky” (by М. Mikulich, 2012).

Maxim Tank's work is a modern Belarusian literary classic, and he is one of the most famous European poets. His name is given to educational and cultural institutions, and his words will be heard for many centuries both in the vast expanses of our country and far beyond its borders.

The books presented in the exhibition can be ordered through the electronic catalog National Library of Belarus.

The exhibition's opening hours correspond to the library's opening hours.
Admission is by using a reader's ticket or a social and cultural center ticket.

Phone number for inquiries: (8 017) 293 27 16.

The material is provided by the Special collections service department.


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