Writers and filmmakers on the cutting edge of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's policy of glasnost have been honored with the 1988 State Prizes, the Tass news agency said.
Writer Vladimir Dudintsev won for his novel "White Clothes," a story of repression of scientists in the Soviet Union, Tass said.Among the other winners were the makers of the film "Is It Easy to be Young?" The film has become popular for its discussion of youth problems.
Also honored was a film crew from Kiev that made the documentary, "Chernobyl, the Chronology of the Hard Weeks," which portrayed the Chernobyl nuclear power accident in April 1986, and its consequences.
The novel and the two films could not have been released a few years ago, before Gorbachev instituted his policy of greater openness. But many long suppressed films and books are being brought into the open now, and artists are taking on more controversial issues.
- A rare German Democratic Republic loan exhibition of works from East Berlin and Dresden museums will be at the Pierpont Morgan Library through Jan. 29, 1989.
"The Romantic Spirit: German Drawings, 1780-1850, from the German Democratic Republic" comprises 125 drawings and watercolors by the era's leading German artists. None of these works has been loaned to an American institution before.
Also on view at the library for their first public showing through Feb. 12, 1989, are the original drawings and paintings by Maurice Sendak for Wilhelm Grimm's "Dear Mili." The previously unknown tale by the 19th-century German storyteller was discovered in 1983.