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Author photo. BelPost's envelope, 2002. 75 anniversary Ales Adamovich. The artist - Mikola Ryzhy. By Mikola Ryzhy - <a href="http://belarussiancollection.com/envelopes/pic/2002/350.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_top">http://belarussiancollection.com/envelopes/pic/2002/350.jpg</a>, Public Domain, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34167170" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34167170</a>

BelPost's envelope, 2002. 75 anniversary Ales Adamovich. The artist - Mikola Ryzhy. By Mikola Ryzhy - http://belarussiancollection.com/envelopes/pic/2002/350.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=34167170

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Ales Adamovich (1927-1994) was a Belorussian author, literary critic, and screenwriter. He recieved his first degree in mining. During WWII he fought as a partisan; this experience is the basis for his influential novel Khatyn. After WWII he went on to receive this PhD in philology from Belorussian State University and also took graduate courses in directing and screenwriting at the prestigious Moscow film school VKSR.
Adamovich was a professor and a member of the Belorussian Academy of Sciences. He was an active teacher and political figure. As a result of refusing to testify against his colleagues and to sign letters condemning political dissidents he was barred from teaching at Moscow State University. However, he was a member of many public and professional unions. In 1989 he was one of the first writers to join the Belorussian PEN Center, and in 1994 the Center instituted the Ales Adamovich Literary Prize.
Ales Adamovich's writing is still read widely and his legacy continues to be an important milestone in Belorussian history. His fiction and non-fiction make a profound case against the necessity of war, and are a testament to the kind of knowledge and wisdom so needed by humankind today.
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