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Awesome Odesa


Odessa’s diversity and inclusivity just in one book created and designed by the well-known Osnovy Publishing


Odessa — the “pearl of the Black Sea” — is a vibrant, multicultural port city. Its quirky architecture and laidback beach culture have long made it a popular spot for tourists, and an inspiration for writers. Its vibrant streets, good music, eclectic food, and live theatre entice visitors to Unwind.

With this book, a well-known Osnovy Publishing pleased to share with us their love to Odessa! The book is neither a guide nor a manual. Rather, it’s an insight into the city — mellow, eclectic, and seductive. On its pages you’ll find references to major historical events, famous and talented residents, art, culture, sports, literature, traditions, and even beloved street food.

Inside Awesome Odesa you will find:

  • Chapters on history, culture, food, places, nature, sports, technology;
  • Gorgeous photos and images throughout the book;
  • Beautiful layout;
  • Insightful and short texts explaining interesting things you need to know about Odesa, including historical and cultural context;
  • Fun facts.

The story of Osnovy Publishing begins in 1992 when Bohdan Kravchenko 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.

They were among the first in Ukraine to translate modern textbooks on economics, history, and philosophy. Back in 2001, they published the first best-selling book in translation Europe: A History written by Norman Davies, professor at University College London and fellow at Oxford University.

By cooperating with talented translators, Osnovy Publishing 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.

In 2010 Dana Pavlychko joined Osnovy Publishing. And as the new head of the publishing house, she rebranded Osnovy and changed the company’s approach to book publishing. Now Osnovy is known for its forward-thinking approach.

Dana Pavlychko

Osnovy Publishing 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, Odessa, and Dnipro.

More of their 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. They are regularly written about by Ukrainian and world media, and we reach over 500,000 readers per month.

The Awesome Series travel books are best selling in Ukraine since 2012. Loved by locals and visitors, they are a genuine take on the Ukrainian art, cities, culture, food and traditions.