In Belarus, books by Solzhenitsyn, Nabokov and Aleksievich were excluded from the school curriculum
The Ministry of Education of Belarus excluded the works of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vladimir Nabokov and Svetlana Aleksievich from the school curriculum on Russian literature for 11 grades. This follows from the curriculum ( .pdf ) approved on June 21st. The teacher Sergei Dubelevich from Minsk drew attention to this .
In the past, the works of Nabokov and Solzhenitsyn were included in the Literature program of the mid-1950s – early 1990s. Their books were proposed to be studied in the section on dissident literature. In the program approved in 2017 and operating in 2020, in addition to Nabokov and Solzhenitsyn, Viktor Nekrasov was mentioned in this section, and only Nekrasov was mentioned in the 2021 program.
The previous program assumed that three academic hours were allocated for the study of Solzhenitsyn’s story “One Day in Ivan Denisovich”, and the list of books for additional reading included Solzhenitsyn’s story “Matrenin’s Dvor”.
Update. Solzhenitsyn’s works “The Gulag Archipelago” and “Cancer Ward” were included in the list of works for additional reading, follows from a document
published on the National Educational Portal. Zerkalo.io
drew attention to this .
Svetlana Aleksievich’s book “The Last Witnesses” has disappeared from the program “Russian-language literature of Belarus”. She was included in the section “Prose. Man and War ”along with such authors as Nikolai Cherginets and Sergei Trakhimenok. In the new program, the two aforementioned authors remained, but Aleksievich did not.
Svetlana Aleksievich is the Nobel Prize Laureate in Literature 2015. In August 2020, a criminal case was opened in Belarus over the creation of the presidium of the coordination council of the Belarusian opposition, which included Aleksievich. The writer became the only member of the presidium who remained free: the rest were detained, forced to leave or forcibly taken out of Belarus. In September, Aleksievich left Belarus.