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National Library Awarded with the "Art of the Book" Contest Diplomas
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An award ceremony was held for the winners of the national art competition "The Art of the Book" as part of the 28th Minsk International Book Fair.

The contest was organized by the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus. The contest is held in order to determine the best publishing projects that have become an event in the national book publishing, improve the artistic and printing culture of the Belarusian book, further develop book art, and popularize the best achievements of the national publishing houses for 2020.


The publications of the National Library of Belarus received 1st-degree diplomas in several categories. The monograph “Understanding a masterpiece. Brest Bible” by Mr A. Susha, Deputy Director General of the National Library, received the diploma in the category "Science and Knowledge". This research is devoted to the peculiarities of the legendary edition and its place in national history. The monograph contains all the interesting information about the masterpiece of Belarusian printing, which came out in the Brest printing press in 1563.


In the category "Following the Paths of the Native Land," the book "Belarus Through the Eyes of a Bibliographer" (by N. Barsukou, G. Braga, E. Bystrova, N. Shashenko) became a winner. The unique publication consists of 32 sections, each one is a separate thematic block: the history of the emergence of the Belarusian ethnos, the origin of Belarusians, the nature and personalities of our country, cultural traditions, folk holidays and rituals, national cuisine, etc.


The publications prepared by the National Library of Belarus in cooperation with other publishing houses were also highly recognized. Thus, the winner's diploma, as well as the badge-symbol “Small Golden Tome” was received in the category “For contribution to the preservation of the historical and cultural heritage” by the album edition Napoleon Orda (compiled by A. Susha; publishing house “Belarus”). 190 engravings from the collections of the National Library of Belarus have been presented in the album for the first time. The images of the native land, recorded by Napoleon Orda 150 years ago, remain one of the most valuable visual sources for national history. The collection of lithographs includes Belarusian landscapes of the Hrodna, Vilnia, Viciebsk, Minsk and Mahiliou provinces, as well as images of monuments located abroad: in Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Romania.

A special diploma was received in the category “Belarus Remembers” for the facsimile edition “Zhyrovichy Gospel of the 16th century” (scientific editor A. Susha; publishing house “Medial”). The publication presents a recreated Belarusian manuscript monument of the 16th century, named after the ancient monastery in Zhyrovichy, where it was kept until the middle of the 19th century.

In total, more than 80 publications from seven countries were evaluated in the competition: Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Turkmenistan. Our country presented 31 books in 11 nominations.

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1 Mar 2021

An exhibition dedicated to the 150th anniversary of one of the most outstanding figures in Ukrainian culture – Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka, known as Lesya Ukrainka, officially opened in the Library on February 24.

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