‘It’s astonishing how quietly fifteen million communists walked away from power, with no bloodshed. Though, as it turns out, not altogether.’ Svetlana Alexievich talks to the Belarusian journal ‘Dziejaslou’ about the legacies of the Soviet past, literary freedom and the role of culture in the country’s democratic struggle.
Belarusian journalist, philologist, literary researcher. Numerous publications in Belarusian periodicals. Has researched the life and work of Vasil Bykaŭ, Ryhor Baradulin, Hienadz Buraukin and Uladzimir Nyaklyaeu. Lives in Minsk.