Alindarka's Children: Things Will Be Bad

Alindarka's Children: Things Will Be Bad

Alindarka's Children: Things Will Be Bad

Alindarka's Children: Things Will Be Bad


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Alindarka’s Children is the masterful English debut of Alhierd Bacharevic, a new voice from Belarus

It’s not Avi’s fault, it’s those sourish, mind-bending little berries that are to blame, those tiny wee spheres. Bilberries, bletherberries that befuddle the mind, babbleberries that give you a kick. The beautiful green forest scales, the timber songs, play out like a kaleidoscope before his eyes. It’s hard tae breathe, yer haunds skedaddle awa… 

In a camp at the edge of a forest children are trained to forget their language through drugs, therapy, and coercion. Alicia and her brother Avi are rescued by their father, but they give him the slip and set out on their own. In the forest they encounter a cast of villains: the hovel-dwelling Granmaw, the language-traitor McFinnie, the border guard and murderer Bannock the Bogill, and a wolf. 

A manifesto for the survival of the Belarusian language and soul, Alindarka's Children is also a feat of translation. Winner of the English Pen Award, the novel has been brilliantly rendered into English (from the Russian) and Scots (from the Belarusian): both Belarusian and Scots are on the UNESCO Atlas of Endangered Languages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811231961
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 06/21/2022
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 433,497
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ALHIERD BACHAREVIC was born in Minsk in 1975. In the 1990s, he was the lead singer of the Belarusian-language punk band Pravakacyja (‘Provocation’). Bacharevic has worked as a teacher of Belarusian, a journalist, and is one of the founders of the avant-garde group Bum-Bam-Lit. Bacharevic was awarded the 2021 Erwin Piscator Prize, and nominated for the 2021 Republic of Consciousness Prize. His books have been translated into German, French, Polish and Russian. He fled Belarus and is now based in Austria.

JIM DINGLEY has translated fiction by Uladzimir Alour, Natalka Babina, Tania Skarynkina, and Alhierd Bacharevic.

PETRA REID is a translator and the author of MacSonnetries.


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