Alhierd Baharevich


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Alhierd Bacharevič was born in Minsk in 1975. He studied philology and Belarusian pedagogy at the Maxim Tank School and then worked as a teacher and journalist. His poems and stories have been published since 1992 in small magazines and newspapers, but not in the important Belarusian national publications. So it was a great success for Bacharevič to win the only independent Belarusian Literature Prize Hliniany Viales for the Best Book of 2002 with his first collection of stories Praktychny dapamozhnik pa rujnavańni haradoū (Practical Tool for the Destruction of Cities). His second volume of prose Naturalnaja afarboūka (Natural Coloration) was, according to a survey of the newspaper Naša niva, one of the best books of 2003 in Belarus. In 2006, an independent publishing house brought out his book Nijakaj litashchi Valancinie H. (No mercy for Valentina H.). In 2007, the novel Praklatiya hochchi stalicy (The Damned Guests of the Capital) was available in print. His other books also had the same publisher. Some stories and poems have been translated into German, Czech, Ukrainian, Polish, Bulgarian and Slovenian. Together with the Goethe Institute Minsk, he worked on the first translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger into Belarusian, and also translated modern German poetry and fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. He is a member of the oppositional Writers’ Association in his country, where he has been subject to censorship and isolation. After a scholarship by the Hamburg Foundation for the Politically Persecuted, he was the recipient of a PEN Writers in Exile grant from February 2008 to January 2011 in Hamburg. In the fall of 2010, his book Die Elster auf dem Galgen (The Magpie on the Gallows) was published by Leipzig Literaturverlag. Alhierd Bacharevič returned to Minsk in 2013.