From January 15 to February 13 in the Belarusian Literature Reading Room (room 205) the exhibition Swimmer on the History River is taking place. It is dedicated to the 80th birthday of the Belarusian writer, poet and translator Leonid Daineko (1940–2019).
Two muses captivated Leonid Daineko’s heart strongly: the first is poetry, the second is history. His creative work consists of both. As a writer L. Daineko began with lyrics, nevertheless among his early publications were also stories and essays next to poems. The heroes of L. Daineko’s novels are genuine historical figures - Mindovg, Vyachka, Vseslav Charodey, Lev Sapega, Konstantin Ostrozhsky and others. These particular figures help us to understand the true history of the country. Such “selectness” in relation to the thematically and genre-diverse works of the writer is explained by the awakened interest in the history of his native land, and the insufficiently developed historical theme in the Belarusian literature today.
The main part of the exposition consists of the literary heritage of the writer, the exhibition includes novels, collections of short stories and poetry collections. The historical novels The Sword of Prince Vyachka (Mech Knyazya Vyachki) and The Werewolf's Trail (Sled vaukalaka) are attracting attention. The novels have been officially rewarded with the State Prize of Belarus named after K. Kalinovsky and I. Melezh Literary Prize.
One can envy everyone in a good way whoever picks up Leonid Daineko’s books today, since they have a great opportunity to discover the Belarusian and Slavic past with the help of his works.
The translations of the writer's into Bulgarian, Russian and Ukrainian works are presented separately, as well as translations made by L. Dayneko from the above languages.
The exhibition closes with literature about the life and work of the writer: monographs, encyclopedias and periodicals. Among the researchers are O. Shinkorenko, A. Martinovich, T. Lavrik, L. Poplavnaya, G. Andaralo and others.
Copies of the writer's documents and photographs from his family archive are attaching value to the exposition.
In total, the exhibition has about 120 publications.
The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the library’s opening hours.
Admission is by library card or by the ticket of the library's social and cultural center.
For more info: (+375 17) 293 27 16.
Special Collections Service Department.