Many Russian publishers, few Belarusian-language books, works dedicated to the Second World War – such are the main trends at this year’s International Book Fair which has opened in Minsk.
At the opening ceremony a red ribbon was cut by Information Minister Liliya Ananich, chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich and Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Administration Ihar Buzouski.
One can buy books from Syria, Palestina, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the USA, the UK, France, Venezuela, Iran, Germany.
‘Haliyafy’ has achieved a dominant position among Belarusian publishing houses – they prepared 70 items for the fair.
Svetlana Alexievich, Belarus’ first-ever literary Nobel laureate, was not present at the event. The country’s pavilion failed to exhibit her works either. At the same time, a poster featuring the famous Belarusian writer is seen at the stand of her Russian publisher.
The XXIIIth Minsk International Book Fair will last till February, 14.