Monthly Archives: October 2010

Reading of the week: Vasil Bykau “Sign of Misfortune”

“Two elderly peasants, Stepanida and husband Petroc, eke out a living on an allotment carved from an estate in the eastern Soviet republic. Having survived the horrors of agricultural collectivization during the 1930s, which caused a near-famine in their village, … Continue reading

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Reading of the week: Vasil Bykau “The Wolf Pack”

“In the forests of Belarus in 1942 a group of disabled partisans makes its way to a medical unit while being pursued by traitorous partisans, German soldiers, and vicious dogs. Like all of Bykov’s stories, “Pack of Wolves” addresses the … Continue reading

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