Alindarka’s Children


Alhierd Bacharevič

Category: Literary Fiction
: 978-1-910895-405
Format: Paperback
Pages: 350
Expected Release date: 30 September 2020
Price: £11.99

‘Kafkaesque with elements of cyberpunk’

-New Eastern Europe

‘An average Russian citizen tends to see Belarus as a Russian province, and in line with traditional Russian nationalism considers Belarusian to be an ‘uncouth village patois’.’

-New Eastern Europe

Alindarka’s Children (Dzieci Alindarkiis, 2014) is a contemporary novel about a brother and a sister interned in a camp. Here children are taught to forget their own language and speak the language of the colonizer, aided by the use of drugs as well as surgery on the larynx to cure the ‘illness’ of using the Belarusian language.

The children escape but are pursued by the camp leaders and left to thrive for themselves in an adventure, which bears a likeness to an adult, literary ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

The dialogue translates well to the guttural differences between English Received Pronunciations and Scots. The Russian, translated by Jim Dingley, will become RP and the Belarusian, translated by Macsonnetries author Petra Reid, Scots.

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About the Author

Alhierd Bacharevič

Bacharevič weaves into the novel his own personal experience of growing up in a linguistically-torn country. In the 1990s he was the founder and vocalist of the first Belarusian-language punk band Pravakacyja (‘Provocation’). He is now a multi-award-winning author and his works have been translated into English, French, German, Czech, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Russian, Polish, and Lithuanian.

Expected Release: 30 September 2020