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Book of Belarusian riddles in English, Chinese to be presented in Minsk

Society 12.06.2018 | 19:40
Photo courtesy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Photo courtesy of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus

MINSK, 12 June (BelTA) – The Yakub Kolas Central Scientific Library of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) will host a presentation of the book of riddles Ran a Fox to a Forest Close (Begla liska kalya lesu blizka…) and the book Colors and Legends of Native Spaces on 15 June, the NASB press service told BelTA.

The book of riddles is another book in the series inspired by folk poetry. According to the source, every text is translated into other languages, including Chinese and English, while the metaphorical images retain their colorful visual implementation. However, new distinguishing traits have emerged, too. Apart from Belarusian riddles the book contains their analogs from Russian, Ukraine, and Polish folklore.

The book Colors and Legends of Native Spaces by the NASB academician Alexander Lokotko represents the result of many years of creative work. It includes about 200 water color paintings and drawings, which reflect the natural zest of the regions of Belarus. Analytical texts interpret the so-called spirit of the place, natural and manmade objects in the everyday life. The idea of multiple dimensions (mythological one, philosophical one, and the dimension of life) reveals the creative, poetic essence of the people's spiritual visualizations of the nature and the everyday life.

The books have been published by the publishing house Belaruskaya Nauka. They are dedicated to the Year of Native Land.

The presentation will begin at 15:00. An exhibition of books published by the Center for Belarusian Culture, Language, and Literature Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus has been organized. The exhibition is dedicated to Belarusian ethnography and folklore studies, verbal folk arts, the history of studying Belarusian fairytales, proverbs, sayings, legends, myths, ceremonial songs, and so on.

The event has been organized by the NASB Center for Belarusian Culture, Language, and Literature Studies, the NASB Art History, Ethnography and Folklore Institute, the Belarusian State Academy of Arts, and the NASB Yakub Kolas Central Scientific Library.

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