Famous Belarusian Writers

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 1 Svetlana Alexievich

Svetlana Alexievich
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine

Nobel Prize-winning Belarusian journalist and oral historian Svetlana Alexievich is known for her signature documentary-style novels, which mingle fiction and reporting. Her five-part Voices of Utopia mirrored the lives of people in the Soviet Union. With her writing, she often criticizes the governments of Belarus and the Soviet Union.

 2 Evgeny Morozov

Evgeny Morozov
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Famous As: writer, journalist, computer scientist
Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Salihorsk

 3 Simon Dubnow

Simon Dubnow
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 10, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mstislavl, Belarus
Died: December 8, 1941

Russian historian Simon Dubnow is best remembered for instilling a sociological element in the study of Jewish history. A well-known teacher and author, he was also involved with the Jewish magazine Voskhod. He escaped to Germany to avoid Bolshevism but was eventually killed by the Nazis.

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 4 S. Ansky

S. Ansky
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1863
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chashniki, Belarus
Died: November 8, 1920

Best known for his popular play The Dybbuk, which later became a cult classic and was also made into Yiddish and Hebrew movies, Russian Jewish author and folklorist S. Ansky was a specialist in oral literature. He was initially also associated with the socialist revolutionary movement of the Narodniki.  

 5 Yanka Kupala

Yanka Kupala
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 7, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maladzechna District, Belarus
Died: June 28, 1942

 6 Vasil Bykaŭ

Vasil Bykaŭ
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 19, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ushachy District, Belarus
Died: June 22, 2003

 7 Jerzy Giedroyc

Jerzy Giedroyc
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 27, 1906
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Died: September 14, 2000

Jerzy Giedroyc was a Polish political activist and writer. He also served for several years as the editor of the influential literary-political magazine, Kultura. The magazine was so influential that it helped lay the groundwork for Poland's eastern policy after the downfall of communism. Today, his name is synonymous with Kultura.

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 8 Elena Rzhevskaya

Elena Rzhevskaya
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gomel, Soviet Union
Died: April 25, 2017

 9 Anna Strunsky

Anna Strunsky
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Famous As: Novelist, Writer
Birthdate: March 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Babinovichi, Belaruss
Died: February 25, 1964

 10 Yakub Kolas

Yakub Kolas
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 3, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stowbtsy, Belarus
Died: August 13, 1956

 11 Maksim Bahdanovič

Maksim Bahdanovič
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minsk
Died: May 25, 1917

 12 David Pinski

David Pinski
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 5, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mogilev, Belarus
Died: August 11, 1959

 13 Celia Dropkin

Celia Dropkin
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bobruysk, Russian Empire
Died: August 18, 1956

 14 Jerzy Putrament

Jerzy Putrament
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus
Died: June 23, 1986

Polish author and editor Jerzy Putrament initially worked as a journalist and was later arrested for his communist activities. Best known for his political and war novels such as At the Crossroads and Bołdyn, he also served as the Polish ambassador to Switzerland and France, and as a member of the parliament.

 15 Valzhyna Mort

Valzhyna Mort
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 16 Franciszka Urszula Radziwiłłowa

Franciszka Urszula Radziwiłłowa
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 13, 1705
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chartorysk, Ukraine
Died: May 23, 1753

 17 Larysa Hienijus

Larysa Hienijus
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 9, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vaukavysk District, Belarus
Died: April 7, 1983

 18 Natallia Arsiennieva

Natallia Arsiennieva
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: September 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: July 25, 1997

 19 Frida Vigdorova

Frida Vigdorova
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 16, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Orsha, Belarus
Died: August 7, 1965

 20 Alaiza Pashkevich

Alaiza Pashkevich
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: July 15, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shchuchyn District, Vilna Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: February 5, 1916

Belarusian poet and activist Alaiza Pashkevich co-founded the revolutionary party Belarusian Socialist Assembly. She was married to Lithuanian activist and social democrat Steponas Kairys. She also launched a children’s magazine named Łučynka. A major part of the democratic movement in Belarus, she eventually died of typhus at age 39.

 21 Volha Hapeyeva

Volha Hapeyeva
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: 1982 AD
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 22 Kanstantsia Builo

Kanstantsia Builo
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: January 14, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vishnyeva, Belarus
Died: November 5, 1986

 23 Yelena Trofimenko

Yelena Trofimenko
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: March 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 24 Elena Kazantseva

Elena Kazantseva
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minsk, Belarus

 25 Danuta Bichel-Zagnetova

Danuta Bichel-Zagnetova
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 3, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grodno Region, Belarus