VACLAU LASTOUSKI AND BOOK CULTURE IN BELARUS
Vaclau Lastouski (1883–1938) was the first Belarusian theoretician and historian of book culture. The article presents Lastouski’s activity set against the background of political-social events at the time, the contribution of his works to Belarus’ science and culture, and opinions about him by his contemporaries. The author pays particular attention to Lastouski’s book written after his emigration, Гісторыя беларускай (крыўскай) кнігі [The History of Belarusian (Kryvian) Book], (Kaunas 1926), and to its role in Belarusian bibliology in the 1920s and today. The article reveals new documents that provide more detailed information about the last years of Lastouski’s life in exile in Saratov in the 1930s, where he continued his work on the history of the book.