Andrei Makaenok

Makaenok, Andrei Egorovich


Born Nov. 12, 1920, in the village of Borkhov, present-day Rogachev Raion, Gomel’ Oblast. Soviet Byelorussian playwright. Member of the CPSU since 1945.

Makaenok was the son of a peasant. He served in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45, and after demobilization he worked as a teacher in Georgia and then until 1947 as a party worker in Byelorussia. He graduated from the Union Republic Party School of the Central Committee of the Byelorussian CP in 1949. Makaenok had his first play published in 1946; his earliest plays were Before Meeting, Life Demands, and At Daybreak (all 1951). His comedy Excuse Me, Please! (Stones in the Liver, 1953) was one of the bitingly satirical works of Soviet drama in the 1950’s aimed at the lack of conflict in art. Makaenok’s other works include the comedies So People Wouldn’t Grieve (1958), Levonikha in Orbit (1961), The Henpecked Apostle (1969), Tribunal (1970), and Pill Under the Tongue (1973) and the scenario Happiness Must Be Guarded (1958, adapted from A. Kulakovskii’s novella Sister-in-law). National in form (in the satirical-comic tradition of Byelorussian drama), Makaenok’s plays go beyond Byelorussian themes; they castigate prerevolutionary attitudes in the lives and minds of people and affirm the idea of man’s responsibility to society. Since 1965, Makaenok has been editor in chief of the magazine Neman. His plays are performed in many of the country’s theaters. He has been awarded two orders and various medals.


Kamedyi Minsk, 1961.
Trybunal Zatsiukany apostal Minsk, 1971.
In Russian translation:
Levonikha na orbite. Izvinite, pozhaluista! (Kamni v pecheni). Moscow, 1963.


Pshyrkou, Iu. “Satyrychnaia kamedyia A. Makaionka ‘Vybachaitse, kali laska.’” Polymia, 1954, no. 6.
Kolos, G. “Disput na stsene—disput v zale: Shtrikhi k portretu A. Makaenka.” Literaturnaia gazeta, May 17, 1972.
Pis’menniki Savetskai Belarusi. Karotki biiabibliiahrafichny davednik. Minsk, 1970.


References in classic literature ?
Some of the briefer articles, which contribute to make up the volume, have likewise been written since my involuntary withdrawal from the toils and honours of public life, and the remainder are gleaned from annuals and magazines, of such antique date, that they have gone round the circle, and come back to novelty again.
For there and then, for several consecutive years, Moby Dick had been periodically descried, lingering in those waters for awhile, as the sun, in its annual round, loiters for a predicted interval in any one sign of the Zodiac.
A few years since the annual charge for a cab license was very much reduced, and the difference between the six and seven days' cabs was abolished.
Here, also, in summer, various brilliant annuals, such as marigolds, petunias, four-o'clocks, found an indulgent corner in which to unfold their splendors, and were the delight and pride of Aunt Chloe's heart.
When you consider how much that amount of money would buy, in that age and country, and how usual it was to be scrofulous, when not dead, you would understand that the annual king's-evil appropriation was just the River and Harbor bill of that government for the grip it took on the treasury and the chance it afforded for skinning the surplus.
Twenty-five hundred dollars of the small Sawyer property had been invested in the business of a friend of their father's, and had returned them a regular annual income of a hundred dollars.
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness.
That's it, Pip," said Joe; "and they took his till, and they took his cash-box, and they drinked his wine, and they partook of his wittles, and they slapped his face, and they pulled his nose, and they tied him up to his bedpust, and they giv' him a dozen, and they stuffed his mouth full of flowering annuals to prewent his crying out.
The doctor and his wife, uncle and aunt Kimble, were there, and the annual Christmas talk was carried through without any omissions, rising to the climax of Mr.
In the kingdom of Great Britain, where all the ostentatious apparatus of monarchy is to be provided for, not above a fifteenth part of the annual income of the nation is appropriated to the class of expenses last mentioned; the other fourteen fifteenths are absorbed in the payment of the interest of debts contracted for carrying on the wars in which that country has been engaged, and in the maintenance of fleets and armies.
And even these annual sessions were left so much at the discretion of the monarch, that, under various pretexts, very long and dangerous intermissions were often contrived by royal ambition.
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