Uladzimir Karatkevich

by Yulia from Minsk

In my opinion Uladzimir Karatkevich is one of the most outstanding personalities. He is my hero. Karatkevich became one of the most prominent figures in the Belarusian literature of the twentieth century. I have read many of his books and I am struck by the uniqueness of the writer and his talent. I made a lot of useful things from his works. In the fairy tale "Infirm Father," the writer focuses on the need to respect and love your parents. I live close to the street where he once lived. Every time I pass by, I feel proud of the fact that he was born in Belarus and has done so much for our country.

Uladzimir Karatkevich ( (
Uladzimir Karatkevich ( (

He was born on November 26, 1930 in Orsha, Vitebsk region. During World War II, his family and he were evacuated to Moscow. Belarusian writer and poet, playwright and screenwriter, journalist and essayist, critic and translator, he is known throughout the world. Karatkevich's books have been translated into many foreign languages. He graduated from high school in Orsha and was very proud of it. Then he entered the University named after Taras Shevchenko in Kiev and after staying for a long time in Ukraine he understood: "From a distance, I especially loved Belarus and its people. It seemed to me unearthly beautiful. Fully green, wet, with lakes, with the people, with his melodious and sonorous language, legends and fields, mounds and rivers".

Uladzimir Karatkevich - the first Belarusian writer who wrote in horror and Gothic styles. The first poems were published in 1951. In 1969 he published a collection of poetry, the story "The Wild Hunt of King Stach" - a historical detective novel, "Ears of corn under your sickle" - a historical novel about the uprising of 1863-64's, which is the first part of the trilogy. Uladzimir Karatkevich professionally studied the history of the revolt of 1863-1864 on the territory of Belarus, Lithuania and Poland. This served as the basis for the stories "Poleshuk", "blue-blue", the novel "Spikes under your sickle" (1965).

Later documentary movies about Karatkevich and his life were created. He was awarded the Order of Peoples' Friendship. He died in Minsk on July 25, 1984.

I think he was a very talented and smart man who left his mark on history. His works have remained in the hearts of many people and his books will be popular among next generations.

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