Vasil Bykaŭ

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Vasil Bykaŭ in Romania, 1944

Vasil Uładzimiravič Bykaŭ (June 19, 1924 - June 22, 2003) was an author of many novels and novellas about World War II. He is a big figure in Belarusian literature and civic thought. The writer's talent earned him endorsements for the Nobel Prize nomination from, among others, Nobel Prize laureates Joseph Brodsky and Czesław Miłosz.

Life and career[change | change source]

Vasil Bykaŭ was born in the village Byčki, not far from Viciebsk in 1924. In 1941 he was in Ukraine when Germany attacked the USSR. He volunteered for the Red Army. For years after the war he continued to serve. He returned to the USSR only in the mid-1950s. There he started to work as a journalist for the Hrodna Pravda newspaper. In that same decade his first novellas were published.

Bykaŭ was one of the most admired writers in the Soviet Union. In 1980 he was awarded the title of People's Writer of the Belarusian SSR. Vasil Bykaŭ is the most widely read Belarusian writer outside of Belarus.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • 1960 - "Crane's Cry" ("Жураўліны крык")
  • 1960 - "Knight move" ("Ход канём")
  • 1962 - "Third Rocket" ("Трэцяя ракета")
  • 1964 - "The Alpine Ballad" ("Альпійская балада")
  • 1965 - "One Night" ("Адна ноч")
  • 1970 - "The Ordeal" ("Сотнікаў")
  • 1971 - "The Obelisk" ("Абеліск")
  • 1973 - "To Live till Sunrise" ("Дажыць да світання")
  • 1974 - "Wolf Pack" ("Воўчая зграя")
  • 1975 - "His Battalion" ("Яго батальён")
  • 1978 - "To Go and not Return" ("Пайсці і не вярнуцца")
  • 1983 - "Sign of Misfortune" ("Знак бяды")
  • 1989 - "In the Fog" ("У тумане")
  • 1997 - "The Wall" ("Сьцяна")
  • 2003 - "The Long Road Home" ("Доўгая дарога да дому")