If you're keen to experience the feel of a post-Soviet and post-colonial literary life with all its advantages and disadvantages, check Svietač. The biggest bookstore in Belarus, it headquarters the state-run publishing house Belkniga and offers a huge selection of reading ranging from Russian-language mystery and thriller to love stories and fantasy books. It also boasts an impressive selection of stationery.
Centralnaja bookstore is a sister of Svietač. Don't expect booksellers to smile or greet you there. It's not how state-run shops should work.Svietač