There are people in Belarusian literature whose works have been admired for many decades. One of these writers is Ivan Pavlovich Melezh. The CTV channel went to the village of Hlinischy, the homeland of the writer.
Here’s the house museum where Ivan Melezh was born in a simple peasant family 95 years ago.
His family was notable for their artistic abilities. His mother was known as a singer, grandfather masterly played the balalaika (a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular body and three strings), while brother painted well. Ivan Melezh himself showed literary skills in early childhood.
By the way, Ivan Pavlovich entered the Moscow Institute of Philosophy, Literature and History after graduation. However, he was drafted into the Red Army after three months of studying. Then the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945) began.
Ivan Melezh moved in Minsk after the war. He has taught at the BSU (Belarusian State University) for a long time, he was an active social figure there.
It is difficult to find a person in Belarus who has never read the famous trilogy Polesye Chronicle.
Ivan Melezh described his native Polesye region and its inhabitants in these novels. The characters are prototypes of real people who lived in the small village of Korenyovka. Two of them are still together – 67 years of happy life.
The characters of Melezh’s works have long been the embodiment of the national character, and the famous novels People of the Marsh, The Storm's Breath and Snowstorm in December have become truly popular.