The Kupała-Kołas Century 1881-1982

... the role which Kupala and Kolas played in Soviet Byelorussia is unparalleled throughout the USSR. No Belarusian Bolshevik ever assumed the role of a national leader of the Belarusians - the leadership was in the hands of Kolas and Kupala. Instead of removing the two poets, the Soviet regime tried to direct their poetic creation into the right channels and use them for communist propaganda...

... It is not perhaps generally known that the very concept of the cultural awakening of the Belarusian people was first put forward in 1882, the year of their birth - was born, so to speak, along with them-so that the Kupala-Kolas century is also the century of the cultural awakening of the Belarusian people, indeed of the Belarusian cause as a whole, since this awakening was the first task which that cause set itself...

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