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Event devoted to the 90th anniversary of the magazine <em>Polymya</em>

<em>Polymya</em> – stages of creative development

<em>Polymya</em> – stages of creative development
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From 20 December to 20 February, the National Library of Belarus presents a book exhibition “Polymya – stages of creative development ” on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the magazine Polymya.

The anniversary of the literary and political magazine Polymya is a significant event in the history of the Belarusian society.

The exhibition displays the content and mood of the magazine which have been expressed from the first issue in 1922 to the last in 2012. The exposition is set in a reverse order by decade. The first issues are placed near publications of some authors published in a definite year. So, the 20’s became a significant revival of public interest to the national roots, to its literature, and included the appearance of works written by Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas (Taras Gushcha), Mikhas Charot, Tishka Gartny, Źmitrok Biadula, etc.

The magazine was called Polymya revalyutsyі (The Flame of the Revolution) in a tragic and sacrificial period for the Belarusian intelligentsia in the 30s. In those days, there were published translations of works by Maxim Gorky, Shota Rustaveli, Heinrich Heine, etc. Among Belarusian writers Kuzma Tchorny had a significant place at that historical stage. At the same time the magazine included works by Mikhas Zaretsky, Kondrat Krapiva, Mikhas Lynkov.

In the 40–50’s, the magazine was reviving as everything was restoring to life at that period. There were published such novels as Lyudzі na balotse (People on the bog), Ptushki i gnyezdy (Birds and nests), Sertsa na dalonі (The heart on the palm), etc. These works reflected the best sides of life and showed a man with his kindness and high moral characters.

Further literature was created in classical traditions, it became more existential, philosophical. The magazine began to print works by Vasily Bykov, Ales Adamovich, Vladimir Korotkevich, Andrei Makayenok.

At the beginning of the 21st century Polymya "still remained" a “starting point” for a lot of young writers.

Nowadays an object of the institution is to keep maintained significance and traditions of the Belarusian literature, not to forget the writers who became a legend even in the 20th century. The magazine shows the antecedence of a creative person working for the good of society.

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