On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Belarusian historian and writer Vitaut Charopka an exhibition “Discoverer and Chronicler of the Hoary Antiquity” is on show in the Belarusian Literature Reading Room from July 21 to August 31 (room 205).
Vitaut (Viktar Kuzmich) Charopka's road to literature was not easy. He was born on August 21, 1961 in Minsk. After serving in the army in 1981–1990, he worked at the Minsk Tractor Works. At that time, he began to pursue self-education, studied primary sources and made historical research. He was member of the literary association "Krynitsy" ("The Sources") at the editorial office of the newspaper "Chyrvonaya Zmena" ("The Red Shift"). He was editor of the magazines "The Christian Thought" and "Spadchyna" ("The Legacy"), head of the department of the magazine "Belaruskaja minuushchyna" ("The Belarusian Past"), employee of the editorial office of the "Belarusian Historical Magazine" in the 1990s.
Charopka's first story appeared in the newspaper “Chyrvonaya Zmena” in 1988. In 1992, the historical novel "The Temple without God" was published in the series "The First Book of the Prose Writer" with an impressive print run of 12,800 copies. The piece is dedicated to the events of the beginning of the 16th century – the invasion of the Crimean Tatars, the Battle of Klieck, when the troops of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the invaders, the uprising led by Mikhail Hlinski.
The exhibition introduces visitors to many literary pieces by Vitaut Charopka, including stories, novellas and essays about outstanding figures of Belarusian past and the history of Belarusian cities. The books of historical and literary essays "A Name in the Chronicle" and "The Rulers of the Grand Duchy" are particularly popular. The latest novel of the writer "Fallen Angels", published by the publishing house "Mastackaja Litaratura" in 2021 is also presented at the exhibition.
Additionally, there is literature on the life and creative path of the hero of the day on display.
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