A book exhibition "The World is Lavish. The World shall Recall Me…” timed to the 85th birthday of Belarusian writer, translator and literary critic Uladzimir Karatkevič runs at the National Library of Belarus (second floor, circular hall) from October 23 to November 30.
The people’s writer’s creativity is an outstanding phenomenon of Belarusian literature of the ХХ century. Uladzimir Karatkevič was a prolific poet, prose writer, dramatist, essayist, journalist, literary critic, translator and screenwriter.
Uladzimir Karatkevič enriched Belarusian literature having created a unique historical prose. The writer had raised wide strata of the national history, reproduced the spirit of the past, and created original characters with a rich, complex inner life whose personal fates intertwine with the people’s fate.
Uladzimir Karatkevič made a major contribution to the idea of national renaissance of Belarus. His works are remarkable for a romantic inspiration, an exquisite artistic culture, educational character and humanism. In different periods of his creative activity, Uladzimir Karatkevič created a number of splendid literary works such as the legend “The Boat of Despair”, (1964), the play “Kanstancin Kalinoǔski” (1978), the story “The Wild Hunt of King Stach” (1964), the novels “The Ears under your Sickle” (1965), “The Black Castle Alšanski” (1979–1980), the collection of essays “The Land under White Wings” (1977) and others.
Author Uladzimir Karatkevič has a lot of admirers whose number is constantly increasing. There are several movies, TV-and radio shows and operas based on his works. Also, he wrote screenplays for documentary films “The Witnesses of Eternity”, (1964), “Memory” (1966), “Red Agate” (1973) and others.
The Order of Peoples Friendship (1980), I. Melež Literary Prize (1983) for the novel “There Is No Way to Forget”, and Jakub Kolas State Prize (1984) for the novel “The Black Castle Alšanski” had become the evidence of public recognition of the writer. City streets, a literary prize and a young writers fund have been named after the writer. There are Uladzimir Karatkevič monuments in Orsha and Vitebsk.
The anniversary exhibition comprises around 200 editions including the writer’s works in the Belarusian, Russian, Polish, English, German, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Estonian, Bulgarian and Czech languages.
Also there are works by Catullus, Byron, А. Mickiewicz, М. Karim, R. Gazmatov, Makhtumkuli translated by Uladzimir Karatkevič into the Belarusian language (collection “The Voices of My Friends” (1993)).
Several editions such as “Uladzimir Karatkevič. I Am. I Was. I Will Be” (2005), “The World Through Uladzimir Karatkevič’s Eyes” (drawings, self-portraits, caricatures)” (2006), "The world is lavish. The world shall reiterate me…” (2008) by I.F. Steiner and others allow to learn more about the writer.
Besides, there are interesting texts by Uladzimir Karatkevič for photo albums “The Landscapes of Belarus” (1968), “Belovezhskaya Pushcha” (1973) and “The Memory of Belarus” (1979).
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