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The 250th Anniversary of Ivan Kotlyarevsky

The 250th Anniversary of Ivan Kotlyarevsky
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A jubilee exhibition, timed to the 250th anniversary of the Ukraininan writer, poet and playwright Ivan Kotlyarevsky, has opened in the library, on September 9.

The exposition, located in the hall of manuscripts and early-printed publications, was visited by representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Belarus. Staff of the National Library acquainted the guests with the exhibits: rare books of Ivan Kotlyarevsky, translations, jubilee editions, magazine prints, books written by researchers of his work, a watercolor drawing of Taras Shevchenko, which depicts the writer’s house, and other objects reflecting the life of the famous Ukrainian.

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