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On the Tablets of Poetry and Prose

On the Tablets of Poetry and Prose
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To mark the 90th anniversary of Aleh Lojka, Belarusian writer, poet and literary critic an exhibition "On the Tablets of Poetry and Prose" has been displayed in the Belarusian Literature Reading Room (205) from April 30 to July 14.

A well-known writer and winner of the Jakub Kolas State Prize of Belarus (1990), Aleh Lojka was born on May 1, 1931 in Slonim. In 1953, he graduated from the Belarusian State University, graduate school, headed the Department of Belarusian Literature of BSU for fifteen years, and was dean of the Faculty of Philology at the same time from 1991 to 1996. He studied the history of Old Belarusian literature, the state of Belarusian literature of the pre-revolution period, the artworks of Belarusian writers, the life and activities of Francis Skaryna. He combined scientific work with writing. He published collections of poems, translations, collections of best works, novel-essays, a number of books for children.

The multifaceted work of the scientist and writer is shown in the materials presented in three sections of the exhibition. The section "Aleh Lojka the Researcher" displays publications of a literature study. Among them are monographs "Adam Mitskevich and Belarusian litaratura", "Jakub Kolas' New Land", "Belarusian Poetry of the Beginning of the 20th Century", two-volume "History of Belarus: Pre-Revolution Period", "Old Belarusian Literature", collections of literary-critical articles "Poetry and the Time", "Golgotha" and others.

Editions of the second section "Aleh Lojka the Writer" introduce visitors to the poetry of the author "When you are on the Road…", "Tablets," "So that lapwings wouldn't cry", "Roads and Dreams", poetic translations, the story "Celts don't die…", the novelized biographies of Janka Kupala "Like Fire, Like Water...", Skaryna "Francysk Skaryna, or the New Moon Sun" and others. "Janka Kupala" and "Skaryna" were published in "The Life of Outstanding People" series. Aleh Lojka became the first Belarusian author whose books were included in this famous series.

The final section of the exhibition "About a Man with a Sunny Smile" presents publications, including biographical information about the writer, memories of his friends Janka Salamevich and Mikhas Skobla, reviews and comments.

More than 150 books and periodicals are on display.

The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.
Admission is by the library card or by the Social and Cultural Centre ticket.

For more info: (+375 17) 293 27 16.

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