Viktar Martinowich

Viktar Martinowich (Belarusian: Віктар Вале́р'евіч Марціновіч, Russian: Ви́ктор Вале́рьевич Мартино́вич; born (1977-09-09)September 9, 1977) is a Belarusian writer, journalist, and art critic.

Martinowich signing his book Paranoia, Literaturhaus Zürich, April 8, 2015
Martinowich signing his book Paranoia, Literaturhaus Zürich, April 8, 2015
Native name
Віктар Марціновіч
Born (1977-09-09) September 9, 1977 (age 45)
Ashmyany, Belarus
OccupationWriter, journalist, art critic
Alma materBelarusian State University (PhD)
Vilnius Academy of Arts (PhD)
GenreAntiutopia, adventure, detective
Years active2009-present


Martinowich was born in Ashmyany. In 1999 he graduated from the Faculty of Journalism of Belarusian State University (BSU) in 2002 and obtained a PhD from BSU with a thesis about the Vitebsk avant-garde in Soviet newspapers in the 1920s.[1]

From 2002 to 2015, he was a deputy editor-in-chief of the BelGazeta.[2] On June 27, 2008, at the Vilnius Academy of Arts (Lithuania), he defended his PhD thesis on the topic "Vitebsk avant-garde (1918-1922): socio-cultural context and art criticism".[3] He teaches at the European Humanities University.

In October–December 2014, he was engaged in research work at the Institute for the Humanities in Vienna where, within the framework of the Milena Jesenská Fellowship for Journalists, he prepared a work about the Vitebsk period of Marc Chagall.

His first fiction book was published in 2009. Later his books received attention and received awards from Belarusian and Russian literature societies.[4][5][6][7]

A film based on the book Vozera radasti (Lake of Happiness) was made in 2019.

In 2021, during the 2020-2021 Belarusian protests, 558 copies of his last book, Revolution, were confiscated.[8] At the same time, Belarusian customs forbad mailing the book to any other country.[9]


  • Рэвалюцыя (Revolution). Knihazbor, Minsk 2020, ISBN 978-985-7227-71-6
  • Ноч (Night), Knihazbor, Minsk 2018, ISBN 978-985-7207-28-2
  • Родина. Марк Шагал в Витебске (Homeland. Marc Chagall in Vitebsk). NLO, Moskau 2017, ISBN 978-5-4448-0563-3
  • Возера радасці (Lake of Happiness). Knihazbor, Minsk 2016, ISBN 978-985-7144-51-8
  • Мова 墨瓦 (Mova). Knihazbor, Minsk 2014, ISBN 978-985-7089-80-2
  • Cфагнум (Sphagnum). Knihazbor, Minsk 2013, ISBN 978-985-7057-63-4
  • Сцюдзёны вырай (Icy paradise). Piarshak, Minsk 2011
  • Паранойя (Paranoia). AST, Moskau 2009, ISBN 978-5-17-062385-3


  1. ^ "Творческая встреча с Виктором Мартиновичем - белорусским писателем и журналистом" (in Russian). Archived from the original on 2016-09-18. Retrieved 2012-06-24.
  2. ^ "Биография —". 2014-07-19. Archived from the original on 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  3. ^ "Мартинович Виктор. Витебский авангард (1918-1922): социокультурный контекст и художественная критика" (in Russian). Европейский гуманитарный университет. Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-06-16.
  4. ^ Сьмятаньнікаў, Андрэй (2012-01-18). "Названыя 12 лепшых кніг 2011 году" (in Belarusian). Retrieved 2012-06-26.
  5. ^ Аксак, Валянціна (2012-03-14). "Найлепшай дэбютнай кнігай – 2011 стала..." Радыё Свабода (in Belarusian). Радио Свобода. Archived from the original on 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-06-13.
  6. ^ "Российская литературная премия «Национальный бестселлер»: длинный список 2013 года". Archived from the original on 2014-03-27. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  7. ^ "ESFS Awards 2014". 2014-08-24.
  8. ^ У выдавецтве «Кнігазбор» канфіскавалі ўсе асобнікі раману «Рэвалюцыя» Віктара Марціновіча, Радыё Свабода, 4-01-2021
  9. ^ Беларуская мытня не прапусціла за мяжу раман Віктара Марціновіча «Рэвалюцыя», Новы час, 5-01-2021

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