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Wschodni Express: Uładzimier Arłou “Porucznik Piatrowicz i chorąży Duch” | book launch and panel discussion

27.06.2021 | 13.00–14.00 Próba Cafe, Grodzka 5a – patio

translated from Belarusian into Polish by Bohdan Zadura, cover designed by Ewelina Kruszewska

Panellists: Uładzimier Arłoŭ – author, Bohdan Zadura – translator, Justyna Czechowska – moderator

The panel will be accompanied by Ołeksandr Maksimow’s performance.


 Porucznik Piatrowicz i chorąży DuchThe uniqueness of this book lies in both its diversity and uniformity. The ballads that cover centuries and include a compilation of contemporary and historical figures, from the executioners in the author’s hometown of Polotsk, through to renaissance artists from Padua, Don Juan and other contemporary Ukrainian poets who share the common interest of the author himself – a poet and historian, traveller and archaeologist of his own life. The reportage-like verism combines with oneirism, lyricism with irony and sarcasm, while a sense of humour is often broken by tragedy. Reading the book takes us on a fantastic and fascinating journey around history and the contemporary world.

Uładzimier Arłou | Belarus (b.1952 in Polotsk) – one of the most popular Belarusian poets; a historian and prose writers. After graduating from the Belarusian State University in Minsk with a diploma in history, he worked as a teacher and journalist. From 1988, he worked with the publisher “Mastackaja literatura” and joined the Belarusian Popular Front. In 1996, he was fired from his job with the publisher for “publishing historical literature of dubious quality, among others”, supported Democratic candidates in presidential elections, and in 2007 his works were removed from the school curriculum. He has been active in the Belarusian PEN Club and the independent Union of Belarusian Writers. He has published over 20 volumes of prose and several books of poetry. In 2018, he received the Jerzy Giedroyć Award. His books have been translated into many languages. Two selections of his short stories and a volume of poetry have been published in Polish.