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.


Университетска библиотека "Св. Климент Охридски" 2014