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  • Reference Books of 1985-1986: A SelectionSource: Slavic Review, Vol. 46, No. 3/4 (Autumn - Winter, 1987), pp. 665-675Published by:Stable URL: .Accessed: 13/06/2014 09:06

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  • Reference Books of 1985-1986: A Selection

    Slavic and East European specialist librarians from the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign have chosen and reviewed some of the significant bibliographies and other reference books of the year. Annotations are signed with the reviewers' initials.'


    Albanie: Une bibliographie historique. By Odile Daniel. Paris: Editions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1985. 616 pp. 335 F. LC 86-172375.

    Some 4,380 unannotated entries provide international coverage of pub- lications considered to be of research value for Albanian history. General works (arranged by form of publica- tion) on Albania are followed by cita- tions on the history of that country to 1944 (arranged by period). Locations in twenty-four libraries are supplied selec- tively. The bibliographic descriptions are only partly de visu; a number of items are taken from Library of Con- gress printed catalogs. Titles in Al- banian, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, and some other languages are given also in French translation. Locations include two libraries in Tirana (the national library and the university's History Institute library) and a number of western European libraries. There is an author index and an index to the journals cited.-AW.

    Dictionary of Albanian Literature. By Robert Elsie. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1986. 170 pp. $35.00. LC 85-31693.

    The paucity of English-language reference sources on Albania is some-

    what alleviated by this volume, which aims to provide "the Western reader with basic information on Albanian literature from its origins to the present day" and has annotations on more than 500 Albanian writers and literature- related topics. Noted scholars, journal- ists, and publishers are included selec- tively. Name entries, arranged accord- ing to the English alphabet, include pseudonyms, major works with dates of publication and translated titles, se- lected critical works, and biographical information, such as education and place of residence. The work has a name and anonymous work index with cross references.-RB.

    Fjalor Enciklopedik Shqiptar. Edited by Aleks Buda. Tirana: Akademia e Shkencave e RPSSH, 1985. 1,245 PP. This basic one-volume illustrated

    encyclopedia on Albania provides a wealth of information on the history, culture, personalities, and institutions of that country. Most of the articles lack bibliographies, but many of them are signed and there is a list of con- tributors and editors at the end of the volume. Most of the biographical arti- cles are accompanied by portraits. Subjects, including personal, corporate, and geographic names not receiving separate entries, are included in the index.-LHM.

    1. Robert Burger, Marianna Tax Choldin, Irina Faynzilberg, Laurence H. Miller, Dmytro M. Shtohryn, Mary Stuart, Anne Wendler.

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    Tarybq Lietuvos enciklopedija. Vilnius: Vyriausioji enciklopediji redakcija, 1985-. Vol. 1. A-gruidas. 672 pp. 9.90 rubles. Planned for four volumes, this

    regional encyclopedia focuses on Soviet Lithuania and Lithuanians, for exam- ple, covering flora and fauna native to that republic and covering foreign countries only with reference to their economic and cultural relations with Lithuania or with Lithuanian emigres in those countries. Although revised and up to date, the work draws much from articles previously published in Lietuviskoji tarybine enciklopedija, 12 vols. 1976-1984; supplement, 1985, and Maz'oji lietuviskoji tarybine encikloped- ija, 3 vols. 1966-1971. Articles are fre- quently signed and some include brief bibliographies.-AW.


    Bulgarskata kultura przez Vuizrazhdane- to: Bibliografiia: Bulgarska i chuzh- da knizhnina, 1878-1983. By Kru- stina Gecheva. Bilgarska akademiia na naukite. Institut za istoriia. So- fia: Izdatelstvo na Bilgarskata akademiia na naukite, 1986. xvi, 598 pp. 5.74 lv.

    Publications appearing from 1878 to 1983 on Bulgarian civilization from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the establishment of an autonomous state under Ottoman suzerainty in 1878 are registered here. Coverage is inter- national with 6,190 citations in educa- tion, language and literature, science, the arts, and other aspects of cultural revival, including the national libera- tion movement and the Bulgarian Or- thodox Church's struggle for independ- ence. Included are books, book reviews, journal articles, conference proceedings, symposia, other collections, disserta- tions, and dissertation abstracts. Schol-

    arly works are listed along with popu- lar works that can be used for scholarly purposes. The arrangement is by sub- ject with personal name and geograph- ical indexes.-AW.

    Ivan Vazov, 1850-1921: Bio-bibliografiia. Compiled by V. Vilchev and P. Diugmedzhieva. Sofia: Narodna Biblioteka "Kiril i Metodii," 1985. Vol. 1. 763 pp. LC 86-193617.

    The first volume of this bibliogra- phy lists virtually everything ever writ- ten by the renowned Bulgarian author. The second and third volumes will cov- er the critical literature on Vazov and translations of his writings published outside Bulgaria. Most of the approx- imately 4,300 citations represent indi- vidual works in various genres: prose, poetry, translations, correspondence, and criticism. The volume includes Vazov's writings in selected and col- lected works (complete contents are listed), works written jointly with other authors, and translations of his works published in Bulgaria. A biographical sketch (with an English translation) precedes the bibliographic section, which is indexed by titles, pseudonyms, personal names, geographical names, corporate bodies, and serial titles.-IF.

    Opis na izdaniiata na Bu'lgarskata aka- demiia na naukite 1954-1970: Ob- shtestveni nauki. Edited by Elene Savova and Velcho Kovachev. Bil- garska akademiia na naukite. Tsentralna biblioteka. Sofia: Izda- telstvo na Bilgarskata akademiia na naukite, 1985. 863 pp. 12.94 lv. LC 86-195393. This exhaustive bibliographic rec-

    ord of social sciences and humanities publications of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences lists the contents of all relevant periodical and serial publica- tions, conference proceedings, sympo- sia, and other collections issued by the

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    academy. The material is arranged un- der the divisions and institutes of the academy and then chronologically with a complete personal name index and a geographical index. The 17,709 items include books, periodicals, and articles in books and periodicals. The work continues the basic bibliography of academy publications for 1869-1953 (Sofia, 1956).-LHM.

    Periodika i literatura: Poreditsa ot izsle- dovaniia za literaturata v bulgar- skiia periodichen pechat (1877- 1944). Milena Tsaneva, chief edi- tor. Bilgarska akademiia na nau- kite. Institut za literatura. Vol. 1. Literaturni spisaniia i vestnitsi, smeseni spisaniia, khumoristichni izdaniia, 1877-1892. Sofia: Izdatel- stvo na Builgarskata akademiia na naukite, 1985. 1,063 pp. 14.52 lv.

    This large volume initiates an am- bitious publishing project intended to survey all periodical publications in Bulgaria with significant literary con- tent from 1877 to 1944. The history and content of some seventy-seven pub- lications from the first sixteen years of that period are discussed in detail in individual essays by literary scholars. The periodicals are treated in chrono- logical order with a separate section for satirical and humorous serials. An ex- haustive index of personal names in- cludes brief biographical information that enhances the work's reference value.-LHM.


    Bibliographie zur Geschichte und Lan- deskunde der Bohmischen Lander von den Anfdngen bis 1948: Publ- kationen der Jahre 1850 bis 1975. By Heinrich Jilek. Ostmitteleuropa in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, 19/I. Cologne, Vienna: Bbhlau

    Verlag, 1986. Vol. 1. Nr. 1-9599. xxviii, 598 pp. This ambitious scholarly work on

    the history of the Czech lands to 1948 is the crowning bibliographic accom- plishment of the late Heinrich Jilek. The majority of the 9,599 books and articles registered in the first volume are in Czech. These and other titles in Slavic and Ea