Gomel oblast lies to the southeast of Belarus and borders on Briansk oblast /Russia/, Kiev , Chernigov and Zhitomir oblasts /Ukraine/.

The territory of Gomel oblast is 40,400 square kilometers. One third of the territory is covered with forests; the biggest rivers – the Dnepr, the Sozh, the Berezina and the Pripiat – are the most important navigable ways of Belarus .

There is the national park Pripiatskiy and the Polesye radiation-ecological reserve in the oblast.

Today there are 23 museums and 4 theaters and philharmonic societies in Gomel oblast numbers.

The region has 2,540 monuments, 1,360 of them are monuments of history and culture, 140 – of architecture and 1,040 – of archeology. And if the latter /they include ancient settlements and burial places/ are of interest only to archeologists and historians, the other places stir deep interest of the people who appreciate architectural masterpieces and are fond of the Belarusian history.

Plans to publish Belarusian folk tales in Serbian in Belgrade

Belarusian folk tales will be published in Serbian translation in Belgrade.

The agreement was reached on the sidelines of the 63rd International Belgrade Book Fair, which took place in the capital city of Serbia on 21-28 October, BelTA has learned. The International Belgrade Book Fair was a productive event for the Belarusian delegation.

Aleksei Cherota, Editor-in-Chief of the Neman magazine, Deputy Director of the publishing house Zvyazda, said: “We had a lot of meetings in the National Library of Serbia, in the Philology Department of University of Belgrade, in the children cultural center of Belgrade. A lot of agreements were secured on future cooperation in book publishing together with these organizations. In particular, negotiations are in progress to publish Belarusian folk tales in the Serbian publishing house Srpska Knjizevna Zadruga.”

Publishing Belarusian prose in the Serbian magazine Povelja is another project. A collection of modern Belarusian poetry in Serbian was published by the magazine last year. Plans have been made to publish Belarusian prose now. Meetings with Serbian writers took place.

“We’ve agreed that they will come to us in February 2019 for an international symposium of writers, which will take place on the sidelines of the Minsk International Book Fair. Our job is to establish tighter contacts with Serbian writers,” noted Aleksei Cherota. The International Belgrade Book Fair is one of the oldest book fairs in Europe. This year’s event gathered 488 publishing houses, including 393 local ones and 95 foreign ones.

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Development, informational and technical support: BELTA, 2006