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Exhibition "Meeting with the books of Mara Belcheva"

mara_bel.jpgOn 25th May at Sofia University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” was opened the exhibition "Meeting with the books of Mara Belcheva". The presentation of the personal library of Mara Belcheva was a long-awaited event and the opening was attended by lecturers, students, employees of Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”, scientists from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, writers and journalists

The Director of Sofia University Library told about the donation of the poet's brother 80 years ago and showed the document proving Mara Belcheva's desire to place her library between the books of Pencho Slaveikov and Boyan Penev. Her desire is partially fulfilled because Pencho Slaveikov's personal library is not kept in the Sofia University Library.

Assoc. Prof. Anna Angelova presented the personal collection as a relatively small collection - 120 books in 183 volumes, probably only a part of the library, which contains literary works, historical and philosophical works in German, French, Italian and English languages, illustrating the wide cultural interests of Mara Belcheva.
The Director of Sofia University Library drew the attention of the guests to the highlights of the exhibition - "So said Zarathustra" - the bibliophilic edition from 1908, which Mara Belcheva used to make her translation in 1915, and the only book in Bulgarian language in her collection - the first copy of the poem "Bloody Song" with dedication from Pencho Slaveykov and numerous repairs made by Mara Belcheva's hand, which turned him into a unique literary monument.  

Prof. Milena Kirova, head of the Department of Bulgarian Literature at the Faculty of Slavic Philology at Sofia University, said that Mara Belcheva is one of the most cultured, educated, and intelligent women of her time. Presenting the creativity of the famous poet and translator in the background of Bulgarian cultural history, Professor Kirova conquered the audience with an emotional story of a person with exceptional character and a strong sense of dignity.

Many researchers of Mara Belcheva continue to label their researches with titles such as “Instant”, “True”, “Eternal”. This method of attendance is important, but it is far from the one who would appreciate her true values. We know Mara Belcheva through her reflection in one foreign life. She is much richer – with soul and life experiences than through this minimal approach, through which we try to fit it in a cliché” - added Prof. Kirova.

Mara Belcheva's personal library is first shown to an audience 80 years after her death. Looking at the books with autographs, donation and personal notes, visitors to the exhibition will experience her meetings with friends and famous intellectuals, close to her heart. The presented editions are a source for the researchers of our literary history and give rise to new publications on the life and work of Mara Belcheva.

The exhibition can be viewed until the end of June 2017.

Presentation of the extended Zographou Electronic Research Library

110517-2.jpgOn 11th May 2017 at the Philology Library was presented the third extension of the Zographou Electronic Research Library. 

Assoc. Prof. Anna Angelova, Ph.D., Director of the Sofia University Library “St. Kliment Ohridski” reminded that this library was created with the efforts and ambition of the colleagues from the Department of Cyril and Methodius Studies, the Center for Slavonic-Byzantine Studies and colleagues from the Sofia University Library.

The Rector of Sofia University Prof. Anastas Gerdjikov thanked all the givers for the constant cooperation, which allowed the digital collection to be expanded, as well as the colleagues from Sofia University. Prof. Gerdjikov wished to increase the number of people who use not only the book part of the Sofia University Library, but also the digital collection, which is constantly expanding. "Obviously this is the future, let us all contribute something," the Rector said and wished success.

The first researcher at the collection of the Troyan Monastery – Prof. Boryana Velcheva shared an emotional moment of discovering an unknown damascene and the work on creating an inventory of the Troyan manuscripts.

Prof. Vasya Velinova, Director of the Center for Slavonic-Byzantine Studies, said that in recent years their efforts have focused on Troyan and Lovech areas, and thanks to the responsiveness of His Eminence Sionii, bishop and abbot of the monastery, they managed to review the monastery manuscript collection.

"The basis of our work, of course, was the inventory of Prof. Boryana Velcheva and Prof. Stefan Kozhuharov, but when we made detailed inquiries about it, it turned out that new manuscripts from nearby churches are added, which the abbot has gathered in good faith and so to say has rescued so that today we can take advantage of them and engage in various scientific studies." After digitization, the manuscripts and a digital copy of each of them were handed to the Troyan monastery: "I think this is the only way - rescuing surviving manuscripts as a resistance against oblivion and I hope to have the happiness of adding new and new ones every year."

Father Kozma from the monastery's brotherhood at the Zographou cloister presented a special gift from the monastery Zographou - an icon of the iconographer monk Methodius. The icon is innovative, with a composition of color and styling inspired by a Byzantine miniature. On one side is depicted the Holy Martyr George, who offers in the gift of Christ the monastery, and on the other side is St. Kliment Ohridski, who offers in the gift of Christ the University.

He noted that the joining of other collections to the Zographou Electronic Research Library was glad because the horizons of the springs that could be used for new studies were expanding and by studying manuscripts the history and culture of Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula were studied in а much wider perspective. Father Kozma said: "The Zographou room is a project that has a perspective and a look into the future, and our desire is to extend this room not only with Slavic documents, but also to bring papers and manuscripts in other languages in the near future - more in Greek, in Wallachian, in Arabic languages."

In conclusion Assoc. Prof. Angelova remarked: “Our Zographou room is gaining speed and every year we try to present more and more manuscripts, and more than 600 manuscripts can be used in a digital format in the Philology library. I hope that the next year we will enrich the Zographou room with one or two collections, which are in the project. We will provide more and more new opportunities that will expand the scientific horizon for all researchers along with the common efforts of scientists and librarians to unveil our literary cultural heritage.”

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