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Geschichten aus dem Gefängnis

Maxim Znak, a brilliant lawyer and prominent member of the Belarusian opposition, was arrested in autumn 2020 and sentenced to ten years in prison in September 2021.

Maxim Gorki Theater von außen
Maxim Gorki Theater von außen © visitBerlin, Foto Kristin Buller

In his Zecameron (from »zek«, the Russian acronym for prisoner), written in the first year of his imprisonment, he recounts his new daily routine in a way that’s pithy, ironic and surprisingly funny. His stories bear witness to resistance and self-empowerment, to the processes, both quiet and loud, of going mad.

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