Petra Reid

Petra Reid

Petra Reid is a translator and the author of MacSonnetries.

Alindarka’s Children

Fiction by Alhierd Bacharevič

Translated from the Belarusian by Petra Reid Jim Dingley

Alicia and her brother Avi are imprisoned in a camp on the edge of a forest. There, children are trained to forget their language through therapy, coercion, drugs, and larynx surgery. The Leid (or Belarusian language) is considered a perversion or sickness to be cured and replaced by the only pure form of language, the Lingo (Russian). But the children slip away through a hole in the fence. Abducted by their father—who had been performing his own dubious experiments—the siblings soon escape him, too, and set out on their own.…
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