We hope our readers will be happy to find in DZIEJASŁOU several writings by the world-famous classic of Belarusian literature Vasil Bykaú. His parables Black Power and A Bunch of Roses as well as the pamphlet Hush-Hush, No Fuss have never been published before. In addition there is a contribution commemorating Vasil Bykaú: Siarhiej Dubaviec in The Dead End argues that the writer was unsurpassable in revealing Belarusian mentality.
The Poetry section presents several poems by Vasil Bykaú’s younger friend and POŁYMIA ex-editor-in-chief Siarhiej Zakońnikaú. They are given under the heading In the Light of Your Eyes. You will also see here some new series of poems, such as Behind the Wall by Źnič, Mark Zero by Aleś Kasko, Along the Bricks by Juraś Paciupa and Short Poems by Novosibirsk-based Alaksiej Musoryn. And we have two debutantes in this issue: prose-writer Pavał Śviardłoú, whose three novellas are published under the title Look Around, and Hanna Yackievič, a young poet, who offers you a series of poems To Live!
Apart from Vasil Bykaú’s works, the Prose section includes the first part of a biographical novel The Circle by Aleś Paškievič. It features the life of poet Uładzimir Duboúka, who was repressed in the 1930s and spent over 20 years in Stalins’ Gulag. Besides, Vinceś Mudroú comes up with his two satirical grotesques, The Patrician and My Eternal Land, Źmicier Višnioú unexpectedly enough dresses his thoughts with some wind mayonnaise and serves them as A Salad for a Gourmet, whereas Mikoła Hil goes in for childhood memories: How I Learned to Ride a Bike.
In the Translations section DZIEJASŁOU has three novellas by the renowned Dino Buzzati, Tender Is the Night, Ibi and The Creation rendered into Belarusian by Aksana Danilčyk.
The Theatre section contains The ToyShop, a fairy tale for grown-ups and kids by Leanid Drańko-Majsiuk. This time the well-established author, whose verse and prose have been published in DZIEJASŁOÚ, tries his hand at drama.
The Literary Criticism and Social Writing sections have a lot of both unexpected and long-expected contributions. These are in the first place the second part of The Great Treachery by Valancin Akudovič and Juraś Barysievič’s philosophical meditations on creativity and creative people To Be and to Look. In this issue we also start publishing The Contested Lithuanian-Belarusian Fatherland by Timothy Snyder. Apparently the title speaks for itself: the American historian attempts to present an objective vision of nation-building processes on the territory of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. Meanwhile, Palina Kačatkova studies some little-known episodes in Maksim Bahdanovič’s life, for instance, what brought forth his widely discussed ‘erotic diary’ (see her travel notes from the Crimea Shadows). Finally Piotra Vasileúski covers the work of Zair Azhur, the eminent sculptor, who cast over a hundred monuments to Lenin alone…
In the Intertext Iryna Šaúlakova briefly reviews new books by Aleś Badak, Jeva Lavonava, Viktar Šnip and Kastuś Ćvirka, as well as the book by young writers 12+1 (see Pro Patria).