Osnovy Publishing is an independent publisher in Kyiv, Ukraine, founded in 1992. We ship worldwide! In its thirty-year history, Osnovy has published more than 400 different titles, from universally acclaimed fiction to numerous fundamental works in history, philosophy, and sociology.
Our story begins in 1992 when Bohdan Krawchenko and Solomiya Pavlychko founded Osnovy Publishing in Kyiv. Osnovy immediately set out to provide the readers of an independent Ukraine with high-quality translations of the world’s classics and worldwide acclaimed textbooks. We were among the first in Ukraine to translate modern textbooks on economics, history, and philosophy. Back in 2001, we published our first best-selling book in translation Europe: A History written by Norman Davies, professor at University College London and fellow at Oxford University. And as for today, the book has already gone through nine editions! By cooperating with talented translators, we have created our World Classics series that brings together the work recognized as having a lasting influence from writers around the world. From Aristotle to Shakespeare, William Golding to Hisaki Matsuura and Jack Kerouac, the series tends to provide Ukrainian readers with the very best of world literature. We are proud of our photography books, Soviet Modernism. Brutalism. Post-Modernism. and Decommunized: Ukrainian Soviet Mosaics, which lets you explore the architecture of Soviet and contemporary Ukraine. Our Balcony Chic series is also a significant book; it is about the unique architectural phenomenon of Ukrainian makeshift balconies. The Awesome series consists of seven English editions about Ukraine: Ukraine (the book about national dishes, historical facts, symbols, mythology, pop-culture, etc.), Digital Ukraine (the first book on Ukraine’s contribution to the worldwide IT-development) and five more books about Ukrainian cities of Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Odesa, and Dnipro. More of our English editions like Kateryna by Taras Shevchenko and The Art of the Ukrainian Sixties can be found in bookshops in Great Britain, Portugal or Germany. Weare regularly written about by Ukrainian and world media, and we reach over 500,000 readers per month. Back in 2019, alongside design studio L/Y (ex Hooga) we launched the first Ukrainian Young Book Design Awards. We want to foster young talent in book design. UYBDA is more than a competition for book designers. We aim to support talented designers and illustrators and provide them with an opportunity to share their vision with the world and push the industry forward.
Operating as usual
Comprehensive set of visual and ideological characteristics made in tradition of modern documentary photography.
Explore how distinctiveness is getting along with gentrification in photographic series of Sasha Maslov—Ukrainian Railroad Ladies.
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If you feel an irresistible thirst for a journey, there is a quick and reliable way to fulfil this fair demand. National dishes, historical facts, symbols, mythology, pop culture and much more are in our Awesome Ukraine series.
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Nature and ideas behind Soviet Modernism within the lense of accelerated globalization, diverse local influences and political transformation.
Evgenia Gubkina and Alex Bykov explored a definition of the Eastern Block’s Modernism and centered it in the comprehensive study of post-war architecture—Soviet Modernism. Brutalism. Post-Modernism. Buildings and Structures in Ukraine 1955-1991.
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Balcony Chic is a photo book, which explores the architectural phenomenon of balconies.
The edition was designed by architect and artist Oleksandr Burlaka, who studied the history of the transformation of balconies.
Balcony Chic is a great edition to anyone interested in Soviet architecture, Eastern Europe, Ukrainian urban scene and photography in general.
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Всі ми хочемо, аби 2020 рік пошвидше закінчився.
Катаріна Собрал написала книжку «Мій дідусь», у якій час також швидкоплинний, але його, навпаки, хочеться сповільнити та насолоджуватись якомога довше.
Книжку «Мій дідусь» можна замовити зі знижкою 30% до 19 грудня за лінком: http://bit.ly/2Ha30Wvb
Ukrainian nonconformist art, which broke with its tradition, had its beginnings in the Khrushchev 'thaw' of the mid-1950s.
Artists began exploring hitherto forbidden styles and trends in Western art and Eastern philosophy, as well as Ukrainian art of the 1920s, and developing their individual visions and means of expression.
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Picture: Alla Horska, Self-Portrait, 1960
Ukrainian Railroad Ladies is a documentary series by Sasha Maslov on racing between accelerated globalization and people’s distinctiveness.
Photographic set that unexpectedly turned into a piece of sociological research along with purely aesthetic one.
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What a fascinating year for our Ukrainian Young Book Design Awards!
The 2020 competition gathered almost 400 participants from 13 countries, including Ukraine, Poland, Czechia, Austria, Portugal, Germany, Italy etc.
Thanks to support of the Український культурний фонд the artworks of our top 20 talents were composed into a unique online exhibition and the print catalog. The catalog showcases the shortlisted works from the best illustrators and designers.
Check out works via our online exhibition: http://tour.youngbookdesign.com. Let us know if you are interested in cooperating with our finalists and we’ll send you our catalog for free.
Усім маленьким чемним дітям Святий Миколай приносить під подушку розвивальні книги-картонки від Ерве Тюлле. Ці книги познайомлять дитину зрізними формами, навчать розрізняти кольори і при цьому стануть справжньою розвагою.
До 19 грудня книжки-картонки будуть зі знижкою 30%. Замовляйте за лінком: https://bit.ly/2Wc1IBM
Not sure what to choose as a gift for someone? Take the pressure off with our digital gift card.
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Готуйтеся до Дня Святого Миколая разом із нашою «Абеткою». Це перша українська абетка, ілюстрована шедеврами живопису, графіки, скульптури та декоративного мистецтва.
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“Of course, our balcony was hand-made by my father. Back then, people also used to dig root cellars in slopes where they saved groceries for winter—apples, cucumbers, potatoes, etc.
I remember there was a big closet on our balcony. It was mostly impossible to open it because stuff always got in the way.”
Explore the world of architecture and its transformation in post-Soviet countries with Olexandr Burlaka and Balcony Chic: https://bit.ly/2ZhZqUx
Socio-political aspects were put in the context by Alex Bykov, Oleksandr Burlaka, and Sasha Kurmaz in the second edition of the visual studies series on architecture and urban space.
Authors were processing the crisis of architecture as a professional discipline, manipulative interference with land resources, and personal experience.
Orthodox Chic is on our list of wonderful gifts to give this season. Order via the link: https://bit.ly/2ykaOUl
Soviet modernism is an opportunity to create an architecture that combines past and future.
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Picture: Museum of Local History, Cherkasy by Alex Bykov
Fantastic review of Orthodox Chic by Icon
iconeye.com A new photography book showcases the strange and surprising religious architecture of post-Soviet Ukraine
Відкрили передзамовлення на книжку «Сьома сила»!
Це видання про мандрівку довжиною понад 24 тисячі кілометрів, яку здійснив Кевін Генкок — президент Hancock Lumber Company. Подорож автора розпочалась з його рідного міста Каско, штат Мен, до віддаленої спеціалізованої школи для індіанців на краю плато Колорадо, а тоді врешті — аж до Києва.
На своєму шляху автор зустрівся з безліччю людей, зустрічі з якими породили низку інсайтів — як сучасні лідер(к)и можуть елегантно зламати вкорінену на всій планеті ієрархічну модель управління, а натомість утвердити нове зведення правил, що передбачатиме спільне лідерство, розосереджену владу й повагу до всіх голосів.
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Most aspects of the 20th century remain undocumented, unknown, or riddled with distortions. Armies of ideologues have had vested interests in hiding the truth, while freethinking intellectuals who could have provided accurate accounts of their time had neither the resources nor reasons to speak out. But the truth has always been in the work of artists of the 60s.
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Picture: By the Window by Stanislav Sychev, 1967
Inevitable results of prohibited affection and social pressure in poem Kateryna by Taras Shevchenko.
Taras Shevchenko raises important socio-political and gender questions, which makes this critically acclaimed work not only a breakthrough but also topical at all times.
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Balconies are no longer just part of the house or apartment. This is an independent space where you can express yourself and combine your own imagination with the past.
All examples of how people express themselves through balconies collected by Oleksandr Burlaka in Balcony Chic.
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Якщо ви впевнені в своїх творчих ідеях — вас точно помітить увесь світ. А для цього потрібно навчитись бачити потенціал у власних поглядах.
Книга «Творча впевненість» допоможе знайти сміливість плисти проти течії та втілювати неймовірні ідеї в життя.
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Chicken Kyiv is a masterpiece of Ukrainian cooking. Find more fantastic dishes to make at home in Awesome Kyiv.
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Black Friday continues and we have limited items left of our stunning Soviet Modernism. Brutalism. Post-Modernism. Buildings and Structures in Ukraine 1955-1991.
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The black tote for Black Friday!
Only today buy our classic canvas tote and stunning books about architecture, photography and art with 50% discount.
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Black Friday is here!
Buy stunning books about architecture, photography and art with 50% discount.
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Now in the situation of the pandemic, our habitual travel patterns change into walking to the subway and back. With our Awesome series you can get anywhere in Ukraine without leaving home.
On Black Friday tomorrow, you can buy all our books with a 50% discount: https://bit.ly/2Ysva8o
Ukrainian Railroad Ladies by Sasha Maslov focused on the architecture and interiors of the buildings as well as the anthropological and social roles played by the crossings and the workers.
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Wealthy individuals are building their own gilded status-churches, often used as a backdrop for wedding photos, while poorer communities have been forced to make do with makeshift places of worship, including wagons, shacks, kiosks, village council buildings, or old garages, which often have a cross or a cupola fixed upon them.
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The Ukrainian balcony is often not a gesture towards the outside, but a conscious extension of the interior.
Now the architecture of personal expression based on balconies: beautiful, ugly, plastic, wooden, old-fashioned, modern.
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Osnovy Publishing's cover photo
В «Абетці» літери українського алфавіту проілюстровані шедеврами світового живопису. З цим виданням дітям цікаво дізнаватися нове та розвивати свій естетичний смак.
Під час Чорної П’ятниці «Абетку» та інші книги можна буде купити у нас зі знижкою 50%.
А для замовлення зараз, переходьте за лінком: http://bit.ly/31QSDAp
Orthodox Chic is a photography book of religious architecture in Ukraine made by Alex Bykov, Oleksandr Burlaka, and Sasha Kurmaz.
The Church is understood here not just through a spiritual lens, but also from the perspective of its economic and political status in a country looking for national self-determination as many of its resources become the site of a new struggle.
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“O brown-eyed maidens, fall in love
But not with Muscovites.”
These are the first lines from Taras Shevchenko’s poem Kateryna. It’s a masterpiece of Ukrainian literature, and you can read it in English with stunning illustrations by Nikolay Tolmachev.
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Soviet Modernism. Brutalism. Post-Modernism. Buildings and Structures in Ukraine 1955-1991 offers a rethinking of postwar Soviet architecture, with Alex Bykov’s photographs and Ievgeniia Gubkina’s analysis on the multi-faceted modernist architectural movement.
Take a look at the pure beauty of Soviet modernist architecture. Order book: https://bit.ly/3bhdTmI
Picture: Sanatorium Druzhba, Crimea
«Європа.Історія» — це книжка видатного англійського історика, професора Університету Лондона і нашого сучасника Нормана Дейвіса.
Прочитати її — означає подивитись багатосерійний екшн серіал із глибоким історичним екскурсом та комедією водночас. На сторінках книжки можна знайти описи побуту столітньої давнини, місцеві анекдоти та переказ найважливіших подій.
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This is one of the railroad ladies who spend her long shifts in the little house built specifically for her along the tracks.
Ukrainian Railroad Ladies by Sasha Maslov is a series of portraits of women who work as traffic controllers and safety officers at railroad crossings in Ukraine.
This edition is available for order: https://bit.ly/2yLTdoW
Osnovy Publishing is an independent publisher in Kyiv, Ukraine. Founded in 1992, Osnovy is widely regarded as one of the most important publishing houses in the country. During the 1990s, Osnovy pioneered the translation of world classics — from Aristotle to Kerouac.
Today, it is recognized for its meticulously crafted books on travel, architecture, and design. Its vast portfolio includes: Soviet Modernism. Brutalism. Post-Modernism. Buildings and Structures in Ukraine 1955-1991, Decommunized: Ukrainian Soviet Mosaics, Balcony Chic, and the ever-popular series of Awesome! Interesting Things You Need to Know travel guides about Ukraine, Ukrainian Railroad Ladies, upcoming The Art Of Ukrainian Sixties and Orthodox Chic.