Classics to be popularised with renewed vigour
Zinaida Komarovskaya and Natalia Ashimbaeva sign agreement on co-operation
Ms. Ashimbaeva notes that though the writers are completely different, they boast many points of spiritual coincidence, and ‘deep alliance’. She believes that Yakub Kolas appreciated the work of Dostoevsky, as confirmed by his notebooks and manuscripts. “This is very precious for us,” she asserts. On August 13th, on the anniversary of Yakub Kolas’ death, Minsk hosted events dedicated to the memory of this People’s Poet of Belarus; in particular, there was a commemorative meeting at the poet’s grave, at the Military Cemetery in Minsk.
According to writer Anatoly Butevich, who attended the meeting, the day provokes people to ponder how the memory of Belarusian classical writers is being perpetuated. In his words, much still needs to be done to preserve the immortal honouring of their work. He is keen that every generation, including those yet to be born, not only learns about the lives of great writers but gains an understanding and love of their works. He would like to see those works further popularised globally via translation. “By appreciating and studying our ancestors, we build strong cultural foundations for today and tomorrow,” underlines Mr. Butevich.
By Andrey Skorokhodov
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