The Booktrekker: Bulgaria

READ A rebellious teenaged prodigy studying piano at an authoritarian school for the musically-gifted in communist Bulgaria – what could possibly go wrong? Plenty, as it turns out, and fifteen-year-old Konstantin learns some hard life lessons in Nikolai Grozni’s semiautobiographical novel Wunderkind. Konstantin’s passion for playing the works of Frédéric Chopin is matched only by his … Continue reading The Booktrekker: Bulgaria

Bulgarian Literature Month: Wrap-up and a few recommendations

Time to wrap-up Bulgarian Literature Month 2018! I would like to thank Global Literature in Libraries Initiative, and especially Rachel Hildebrandt and Karen Van Drie for trusting me with this task - it was a lot of work, but I am rather satisfied with the result. My thanks goes also to the contributors: Ellis Shuman, … Continue reading Bulgarian Literature Month: Wrap-up and a few recommendations

Michaela Angelova: Time is a man

Time is a man Time is the golden penny of an aristocrat with a cane – the old bloke, who writes nights in his office. he keeps a clock inside himself, measures hundreds and more - autopsies under the magnifying glass of the dead. Time’s cut up with a sword, little man, a nailed coffin … Continue reading Michaela Angelova: Time is a man

Olya Stoyanova: Small Stories

SMALL STORIES She likes to write notes— “I love you” to her husband, “I’m thinking of you” to her child, “Thank you” to her mother. It’s a little ludicrous actually, but her loved ones don’t speak of these things, even pretend they’ve never discovered anything in their pockets. Still, she’s been doing this a while— … Continue reading Olya Stoyanova: Small Stories

Alexander Nikolov: Fairness

Fairness Fairness? The slogan reads: “The music we all love”. From the burglars of military warehouses, stalls overflowing with camouflage equipment and boots, to salesmen lined up on the road to the sea. “The music we all like” is a shelf of pop discs in a petrol station. The field burns. The vase with sunflowers … Continue reading Alexander Nikolov: Fairness

Angel Igov: A Short Tale of Shame – A Review by Karen Van Drie

Road Trip! Has every literary road trip you’ve taken involved highways in your own country? Bulgarian novelist Angel Igov has written a short adventure of 145 pages that will make a reader feel they are on summer vacation even if its the dead of winter. Interestingly, this road trip takes place across the Balkan roads … Continue reading Angel Igov: A Short Tale of Shame – A Review by Karen Van Drie

Katerina Stoykova: Visit

Visit I visit my homeland the way a snail tries to fit back into his old shell. Day after day I writhe inside, counterclockwise. The shell is rough and narrow, opens sores on coddled parts But I persist, eat tarator, cry over graves, until I conform to my old contours. Finally, I am here. Snail … Continue reading Katerina Stoykova: Visit

Bulgarian literature: Online and print resources – and a poetic experiment

Bulgarian Literature Month has so far brought you an - of course incomplete - overview regarding books related to our topic. (A few more blog posts are about to follow.) But it goes without saying that there are quite a lot of online resources and journals (in print or electronic form) that also give an … Continue reading Bulgarian literature: Online and print resources – and a poetic experiment

Kiril Vassilev: Night and Day

Night and Day  Your transparent shoulders Your transparent eyes Your transparent brain Your transparent womb Your transparent knees At night you shine all over like a central intelligence agency Analysts are walking within calculating the odds At the other end of the world a man is blown up another’s walking on four legs with a … Continue reading Kiril Vassilev: Night and Day

Bulgarian and South-Eastern European Politics: two interesting books

There are not many books in English that are covering the recent political events and developments in Bulgaria. Bulgaria: Politics and Protests in the 21st Century by Clive Leviev-Sawyer (Riva Publishers 2015) is one of the few exceptions and I read it therefore with great interest. The author, an experienced journalist who moved 2001 from … Continue reading Bulgarian and South-Eastern European Politics: two interesting books