The exhibition "With love to the Belarusian poetry", dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the English poetess and translator Vera Rich (Faith Elizabeth Rich), runs in the Belarusian literature reading room (205) from April 20 to May 5.
The personality of Vera Rich (1936–2009) is unique among the English translators of the Belarusian literature. The author of poems and critical works, translator and editor, she became one of the first translators of the Belarusian poetic classics into English and a significant translator popularize of the Belarusian literature in the West. She created a lot of literary translations of the Belarusian authors’ works. Vera Rich translated not only from Belarusian, but also from Old English, Old Norwegian, Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.
Her translations are marked by the precise rendering of contents. The famous Belarusian translator L. Kozyro said: "Vera Rich’s translations are of high artistic merit, very precise and are characterized by accuracy of the created poetic picture…".
UNESCO signed an agreement with Vera Rich for the preparation of the Belarusian poems translations. The anthology of the Belarusian poetry Like Water, Lake Fire: An Anthology of Belorussian Poetry from 1828 to the Present Day was published in 1971. The thorough work contains works of 41 authors, from Francišak Bahuševič to Maxim Tank, introductory speech, comments to works, poets’ biographies. Visitors of the exposition have an opportunity to get acquainted with this edition.
The translation heritage of Vera Rich presented at the exhibition are the book The Images Swarm Free: A Bi-Lingual Selection of Poetry by Maksim Bahdanovich, Ales Narun and Zmitrok Biadula (1982), anthology of the famous Belarusian poem in English Poems on Liberty (2004), K. Veranitsyn’s poem Taras on Parnassus, the farce vaudeville Pinsk Nobility (along with D. Yanushkevich), Y. Kupala’s sonnets.
Literary articles of Vera Rich about the Belarusian literature are in the exposition as well.
The final part presents materials, where the work of the poetess and manifold publications from encyclopedic and periodic editions, dedicated to Vera Rich, are analyzed.
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