King Stakh's Wild Hunt


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$36.99  $34.40
Glagoslav Publications B.V.
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.75 inches | 0.94 pounds

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About the Author

Uladzimir Karatkevich (1930-1984) was a Belarusian writer, poet, playwright, journalist and screenwriter, known as the creator of the Belarusian historical novel.He was a teenager during World War II, when he was evacuated from Belarus to the Perm region in Russia. Only in 1944 was he able to return home, where, having concluded his high school education, he was accepted at the Kyiv State University in Ukraine where he achieved graduate and postgraduate degrees in Philology. Karatkevich also studied at the Institute of Cinematography and Higher Literature, worked as a school teacher and only later became a professional writer.Beginning as a poet, after he had published several anthologies Karatkevich switched to prose, creating several works of classic Belorussian literature. His works almost entirely centre on the history of the Belarusian people, and specifically on the January Uprising of 1863-1965 and the Second World War.Karatkevich was actively involved in historical research and archaeological excavations, reflecting his search for historical truth in his literary works, andin his lifetime he brought many interesting characters to life through his writing. One of the most famous metaphors about Belarus, describing it as "the land under white wings", belongs to him.


"King Stakh's Wild Hunt is at once a story so contained within its own history, it threatens to alienate any reader outside of its cultural design. And yet, the experiments in narrative fiction and the heightened sense of gothic drama seem perfectly accessible to a Western audience brought up on the brooding belletristic tragedies of Greek myth." Imran Khan, PopMatters

On the romantic landscaping of Socialist Belarus and Uladzimir Karatkevich: Elena Gapova, Rethinking Marxism

"Uladzimir Karatkievic's output has a significant role as a 'guardian' of the collective memory of Belarusians today. As an author of historical novels he acted as both a researcher and archivist of Belarusians' history. Perhaps thus Karatkievic's King Stakh's Wild Hunt is book about the past and present. It proves his genius as an author and sensitivity as a"commentator on the Belarusian nation." Paula Borowska, The Journal of Belarusian Studies

"I enjoyed the writing and the atmosphere." Jean, Howling Frog Books

"I was also reminded of the moor scenes in Hound of the Baskervilles sometimes the places in this book at to the scary feeling of Hope the marshes near the castle reminded me of the Grimpen mire of Hound of the Baskervilles. I love that Glagoslav can publish writers like Karatkevich to us in English." Stu Allen, Winstonsdad's Blog