Jim Dingley

Jim Dingley

Jim Dingley has translated fiction by Uładzimir Arłou, Natalka Babina, Tania Skarynkina, and Alhierd Bacharevič.

Alindarka’s Children

Fiction by Alhierd Bacharevič

Translated from the Belarusian by Petra Reid Jim Dingley

It’s not Avi’s fault, it’s those sourish, mind-bending little berries that are to blame, those tiny wee spheres. Bilberries, bletherberries that befuddle the mind, babbleberries that give you a kick. The beautiful green forest scales, the timber songs, play out like a kaleidoscope before his eyes. It’s hard tae breathe, yer haunds skedaddle awa… In a camp at the edge of a forest children are trained to forget their language through drugs, therapy, and coercion.…
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