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News 09 Oct 13

Cherished Bookshop Shuts Down in Belgrade

One of the best-known book stores in the centre of the Serbian capital has closed because it has been unable to pay its rent to Belgrade University for several months.

Mondo
Belgrade

The Plato bookstore, located in a prime position underneath the Faculty of Philosophy, closed on Tuesday after 25 years when the faculty cancelled its lease due to its accumulated debts.

“The council of the faculty made a decision not to prolong the rental contract, and the tenant was given a deadline of one month to leave the space,” Slobodan Ivaneza, the secretary of the faculty, told the Mondo internet portal.

The deadline has already expired so the bookstore is moving out of the building where it not only sold books but hosted jazz and blues concerts in its cafe. Fifteen employees, already unpaid for months, will lose their jobs, Mondo reported.

The university plans to turn the shop and its cafe into a theatre, while the basement of premises will be used for book storage.

Ivaneza said that the small square where the Faculty of Philosophy is situated will also be transformed by construction work.

However another Plato bookstore in nearby Knez Mihajlova Street will remain open, as will Plato’s publishing house, which will present new editions at this year’s Belgrade Book Fair from October 20 to 27.

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