Alindarka's Children (Paperback)
Alindarka’s Children tells the story of Alicia and her brother Avi. The children live in a camp where camp leaders teach them to forget Belarusian and to speak Russian instead. The camp leaders use drugs as well as surgery on the larynx to make children forget their native language. When Alicia and Avi manage to escape into the forest through a hole cut in the wire, they have to fend for themselves as camp leaders pursue them. As a result, Alindarka’s Children is an adult and literary Hansel and Gretel adventure that also works as a manifesto for the Belarusian language. Its translation into Scots and English well reflects the use of Russian and Belarusian in the book.
About the Author
Alhierd Bacharevic grew up in a linguistically-torn country. Despite growing up speaking Russian, Bacharevic rebelled by speaking and writing in Belarusian. In the 1990's he was the founder and vocalist of the first Belarusian language punk band, Pravakacyja ('Provocation'). He is now an award-winning author and his works have been translated into French, German, Czech, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Slovene, Russian, Polish, and Lithuanian.