The novel “Animal Farm” was written by George Orwell, whose other work (the novel “1984”) was declared extremist in Belarus. The story tells how animal freedom turned into a dictatorship. The story parallels the history of the advent of Soviet government. Thus old Major, calling for revolt, recalls Lenin; the enterprising pig Snowball recalls Trotsky; and Napoleon, who eventually seized control, recalls Stalin. With each part, tyranny strengthens in the animal farm, and the precepts of hivelism (animal ideology) are rewritten beyond recognition.
This is Sergei Shupa’s translation from 1992. The poetic texts were translated by Oleg Minkin. Belarus FM offers to purchase a restored re-edition of the translation in the Belarusian language from the independent publisher “Vesna” in Prague:
– at https://allegro.pl/oferta/ferma-zywiolau-george-orwell-12567503712
– or in Warsaw – at the Belarus Youth Hub (pl. Konstytucji 6),
– or in Prague – then write to [email protected]