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Kondrat Krapiva

Belarusian writer

1896   -   1991

genre: satire
country of citizenship: Russian Empire, Soviet Union
languages spoken, written or signed: Belarusian
educated at: Pedagogical Faculty of the Belarusian State University
occupation: playwright, literary scholar, translator, writer, poet, journalist, politician
award received: Stalin Prize, USSR State Prize, Order of Lenin, Order of the Red Banner, Hero of Socialist Labour, Order of the October Revolution, Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class, Order of the Red Banner of Labour, Order of Friendship of Peoples, Order of the Red Star, Народны пісьменнік Беларусі
position held: member of the Council of the Republic of Belarus, member of the Supreme Soviet of the Byelorussian SSR of the 5th convocation

Kandrat Krapiva (Belarusian: Кандра́т Крапіва́, 5 March 1896 – 7 January 1991) was a Belarusian writer, playwright, social activist, and literary critic. He was the winner of two Stalin Prizes in 1941 and 1951 and winner of the USSR State Prize in 1971. From 1950 he was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Belorussian SSR. He was a writer for the magazine, "Połymia".Krapiva served in the Tsarist army from 1915, the Red Army from 1920 to 1923, and was involved in the Soviet annexation of Western Belarus in 1939, the Winter War (1939-1940) and the German-Soviet War (1941–45). He began his literary career in 1922, writing fables, poems, narrative poems, and short stories. Among his notable short stories are The Nettle (1925), Fables (1927), Neighbors (1928), and Live Phenomena (1930). He published the novel The Miadzviedzičy in 1932. He was also a notable playwright, writing plays such as The Partisans (1937), a heroic drama, and He Who Laughs Last (1939), a comedy which earned him the State Prize of the USSR in 1941. Post-war plays include With the People (1948) and People and Devils (1958).
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