In accordance with our meta agreement to have topic challenges and a later meta agreement to have topic challenges lasting for two months and overlapping by one month, it is time to announce the September–October 2021 topic challenge.

Based on the number of votes (+5), the next topic challenge will be

Belarusian literature

What's a topic challenge?

See the meta posts linked above, and also this main Meta post. In short, during September and October 2021 you are invited to try to get hold of a work of literature in the Belarusian language and ask questions about it.

Participation is not obligatory in any sense, and questions on other works are more than welcome during September and October too; they just won't count as part of this topic challenge.

How can I take part?

By getting hold of a work of literature in the Belarusian language and asking good questions about it. Questions about these works should be tagged with the author's name, a tag for the work (if it is a book-length publication) and the language tag . We'll keep a list of all such questions in an answer to this meta post.

Below is the presentation by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica:

There have apparently been recent censorship efforts directed at this type of literature, which I think is a good reason to have a reading challenge for it.

More details are available on Wikipedia on this type of literature.

Edit: Belarus apparently just arrested a dissident journalist, which seems to make this proposal even more relevant.

What's next?

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    Next month in news: "Stack Exchange blocked in Belarus over opposing an extremist postings"
    – Gallifreyan Mod
    Aug 1 at 19:41

List of all questions posted in this topic challenge

  1. What is Krosyn? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 01/09/2021.
  2. What is the significance of the 40-year period referred to in this Francisak Bahusevic poem? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 04/09/2021.
  3. What was the long list of names in the beginning of "Zinky Boys"? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 05/09/2021.
  4. Why did Svetlana Alexievich write "Zinky Boys"? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 05/09/2021.
  5. What was the original rhyming scheme of "Do not shun me..."? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 14/09/2021.
  6. Why were Afghanistan veterans treated so poorly relative to World War II veterans? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 15/09/2021.
  7. Why did so many people in Zinky Boys give the temperature as 70 degrees Celsius? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 15/09/2021.
  8. Who wrote this particular poem in Zinky Boys? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 15/09/2021.
  9. What was the first Belarusian novel? by Tsundoku, 20.09.2021.
  10. Is Belarus actually hard to farm? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 02/10/2021.
  11. What does it mean that "your door is stroked with chalk / then at dark a chariot arrives" in Belarus? by Rand al'Thor, 03.10.2021.
  12. Why the different spellings of Belarus? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 07/10/2021.
  13. What were Bulgarian biscuits? by EJoshuaS - Reinstate Monica, 20/10/2021.
  14. add entries in the form https://literature.stackexchange.com/questions/<question-ID> by [username](https://literature.stackexchange.com/users/<user-ID>), dd/mm/2021.

The highest-voted of these is [question URL], with a score of TBD at the end of October.

The most viewed is [question URL], with approximately TBD views during the months of September and October.

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