London, United Kingdom, June 29, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Non-fiction war novel Khatyn by Belorussian author Ales Adamovich is now, for the first time, available in an uncensored English edition.
The first edition of Khatyn was censored and the reader outside USSR never saw the original. Forty years later Glagoslav Publications releases the unaltered version of the novel as was the author’s intent.
Based on previously sealed war archives and rare witness records of the survivors, Khatyn is a heart wrenching story of the people who fought for their lives under the Nazi occupation during World War II. Through the prism of the retrospect perception as narrated by the novel’s main character Flyora – a boy who matures during the war – author Ales Adamovich beholds genocide and horrific crimes against humanity. The former teen partisan goes back in time and remembers atrocities of 1943. The novel’s pages become the stage where perished people come to life for one last time, get to say their last word, all at the backdrop of blood chilling cries of women and children being burned alive by a Nazi death squad that, accompanied by the Vlasov’s unit, surges a Belorussian village.
Today the book is part of Belorussian cultural heritage and it's actuality is even more so apparent - having marked the zones of fire on the world map, the ongoing blood baths have scarred the surface of our planet, begging mankind to “never again’’.
The story of Khatyn was made into a war drama film Come and See (1985).
About author Ales Adamovich:
Known for his straight forward character, Ales Adamovich (1927-1994), an award winning Belorussian author, screenwriter and literary critic, was an active public figure and teacher in the former Soviet Union where he wrote his most influential war novel Khatyn. During WWII he fought as a partisan; this experience became the basis for Khatyn. After WWII he went on to receive his PhD in philology from Belorussian State University and also took graduate courses in directing and screenwriting at the prestigious Moscow film school VKSR. Ales Adamovich's works are still read widely and his legacy continues to be an important milestone in Belorussian history. His fiction and non-fiction titles make a profound case against the necessity of war, and are a testament to the kind of knowledge and wisdom being vastly sought after today.
The book is available in stores. For more details, visit the company's website