Alhierd Baharevich

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Alhierd Baharevic

Alhierd Bacharevic (Belarusian: Альгерд Бахарэвіч, Alhierd Bacharevič; born 31 January 1975 in Minsk) is a Belarusian writer and translator. In 1997 he graduated from the Philological Faculty of Belarusian Pedagogical University Minsk. After university he worked as a teacher, and then as a journalist. The first texts published in 1993. In the 1990s, he was one of the founders (“pillars”) of the Belarusian literary and artistic movement “Bum-Bam-Lit.” He lived in Hamburg in 2007-2013. In 2013, he moved to Minsk and married a Belarusian translator and poetess Yulya Tsimafeyeva. Now he lives in Minsk.

Writing carrier

Alhierd Bacharevič is the author of several books of prose, including the novels “Magpie on the Gallows” (2009), “Shabany. The story of one disappearance "(2012)," Alindarka’s Children"(2014),"White fly, murderer of men " (2015). The publishing house "Lohvinau" published a 900-page six-part novel "Dogs of Europe" (2017), which is called the author's opus magnum. The novel received in Belarus the Book of the Year award and was noted in Belarus with the independent Reader's Prize and the second Jerzy Gedroyc Prize. In 2019 the Russian version of the novel “Dogs of Europe” is being prepared for publication in Moscow at the publishing house “Vremya”.

The works by Alhierd Bacharevič were translated into English, French, German, Czech, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Russian, Polish, Lithuanian. In 2008 a collection by Alhierd Bacharevič’s selected stories was translated into Polish “Talent do jąkania się”. In 2010, in Leipzig the novel “Magpie on the Gallows” was published in German in the translation by Thomas Weiler. In 2015, the story of Bakharevich “The Talent of Stuttering” was included in the anthology of the best European short prose “Best European Fiction”. In 2017, the Small Medical Encyclopedia by Bacharevič was published in Polish in the Lublin Warsztaty Kultury publishing house (translated by Mira Luksha). In 2018, the novel "Children of Alindarki" was published by the publishing house "Le ver a soie" in the French translation of Alena Lapatnoiva.

Alhierd Bacharevič translated the fairy tale “The Cold Heart” by Wilhelm Hauff, which was published at the end of 2009 under one cover with an independent work entitled “The Translator's Afterword”. Translated from the German language, individual works of the brothers Grimm, Franz Kafka, G. G. Evers, poems by Hans Enzensberger and other modern German poets and the novel by the modern German writer Kathrin Schmidt “You will not die”. He took part in the Berlin Literary Colloquium, the Theater Festival in Lublin (Poland), the Literary Festivals Vilenica (Slovenia), the Lesefest Osteuropa (Leipzig, Germany), The Month of Author Reading in Brno, international literary festivals in Sweden, Ukraine, Lithuania, Czech Republic and others. He has performed at international book fairs in Frankfurt, Leipzig, Warsaw, Lviv, Minsk. In 2014, he represented Belarus at the International European Writers Conference in Berlin.

In 2012, after the publication of Alhierd Bacharevič’s scandalous essay “The Dark Past of Kayan Lupaki”, he left the Union of Belarusian Writers on his own initiative, of which he has been a member since 2006. He is a member of the Belarusian PEN Club.

In 2015, a performance was staged on the Small Stage of the Yanka Kupala State Theater based on the novel “Shabany” by Alhierd Bacharevič

Bibliography

2008 - Damned guests of the capital

2008 - Talent do jąkania się (a collection of short stories translated into Polish)

2009 - Magpie on the gallows

2009 - Translator's Afterword

2011 - Alhierd Bacharevič 's Small Medical Encyclopedia

2012 - Shabany. The story of one disappearance

2012 - Hamburg account of Alhierd Bacharevič

2014 - Calendar of Alhierd Bacharevič

2014 - No mercy for Alhierd B.

2014 – Alindarka’s Children

2015 - White Fly, Men Killer

2016 - Lilac and black

2017 - Dogs of Europe

2018 – My nineties

Awards

Winner of the "Golden Letter" Award - 2015 for the book "No Mercy for Alhierd B.". Winner of the “Book of the Year 2015” award for the novel “Children of the Alindarki”. Winner of the award "Book of the Year - 2018" for the novel "Dogs of Europe”. Winner of the award "Hliniany Viales" for the book "A Practical Guide to the destruction of cities." Four times he received the second Jerzy Gedroyc prize and once the third. In 2015, the novel “Alindarka’s Childreni” won the third place in the Jerzy Gedroyc prize. Fellow of IHAG (Graz, Austria), German PEN Center, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Baltic Writers and Translators Center in Visby (Sweden). Received a scholarship of Institut Francais (Center International de Recollets) for 2016. In 2018, he received a scholarship of Literarisches Colloqium Berlin. Entered the list of the ten most successful Belarusian writers, compiled by the internet portal tut.by.

Facts

In 90’s he was the founder and vocalist of the first Belarusian-language punk band.

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