The article is devoted to the investigation of an aspect of the newest developments in Belarusian art and literature. The
“inter-life”, the “life on the side” as a special way of orientation of Belarusian people is under scrutiny in a number of
cultural chronotopes. In this context it is the comprehension of a Belarusian idea of characters in both literary and real
“universes” that makes them “strangers”, a minority in Belarusian cultural zone. The author makes an attempt at a panoramic
review of poetry and prose, and she tries to discuss the modern literary works which are most significant to the understanding
of paradoxes of a national culture. In this work a number of images or topoi extremely important for modern Belarusian literature
are outlined, and some intrinsic features of the collective images of various literary generations are described.