East of the West: A Country in Stories

26 May 2020 | By Miroslav Penkov | Filed in: bulgaria.

A grandson tries to buy the corpse of Lenin on eBay for his Communist grandfather A failed wunderkind steals a golden cross from an Orthodox church A boy meets his cousin the love of his life once every five years in the river that divides their village into east and west These are Miroslav Pen

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe

26 May 2020 | By Kapka Kassabova | Filed in: bulgaria.

In this extraordinary work of narrative reportage, Kapka Kassabova returns to Bulgaria, from where she emigrated as a girl twenty five years previously, to explore the border it shares with Turkey and Greece When she was a child, the border zone was rud to be an easier crossing point into the W

The Shadow Land

26 May 2020 | By Elizabeth Kostova | Filed in: bulgaria.

From the 1 bestselling author of The Historian comes an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country n nA young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the

Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

26 May 2020 | By Kapka Kassabova | Filed in: bulgaria.

Kassabova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and grew up under the drab, muddy, grey mantle of one of communism s most mindlessly authoritarian regimes Escaping with her family as soon as possible after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, she lived in Britain, New Zealand, and Argentina, and several other pl

Natural Novel

26 May 2020 | By Georgi Gospodinov | Filed in: bulgaria.

Gospodinov flits and buzzes among various subjects from graffiti in public toilets to the movies of Quentin Tarantino in this tale of a young Bulgarian writer who decides to create his own version of a natural novel assembled from the bits and pieces of everyday life At its center is a poig

Stork Mountain

26 May 2020 | By Miroslav Penkov | Filed in: bulgaria.

Stork Mountain tells the story of a young Bulgarian immigrant who, in an attempt to escape his mediocre life in America, returns to the country of his birth Retracing the steps of his estranged grandfather, a man who suddenly and inexplicably cut all contact with the family three years prior, the b


26 May 2020 | By Rana Dasgupta | Filed in: bulgaria.

With an imaginative audacity and lyrical brilliance that puts him in the company of David Mitchell and Alexander Hemon, Rana Dasgupta paints a portrait of a century through the story of a hundred year old blind Bulgarian man in a first novel that announces the arrival of an exhilarating new voice in

The Historian

26 May 2020 | By Elizabeth Kostova | Filed in: bulgaria.

To you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history.Late one night, exploring her father s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters The letters are all addressed to My dear and unfortunate successor, and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of, a lab

A Ballad for Georg Henig

26 May 2020 | By Viktor Paskov | Filed in: bulgaria.

The poignant story of an elderly, impoverished violin maker, a master craftsman who refuses to trim his values for the modern age, as seen through the eyes of his young prot g A best seller in Bulgaria, this is one of Paskow s major works.

What Belongs to You

26 May 2020 | By Garth Greenwell | Filed in: bulgaria.

On an unseasonably warm autumn day, an American teacher enters a public bathroom beneath Sofia s National Palace of Culture There he meets Mitko, a charismatic young hustler, and pays him for sex He returns to Mitko again and again over the next few months, drawn by hunger and loneliness and risk,


26 May 2020 | By Elias Canetti | Filed in: bulgaria.

Auto da F is the story of Peter Kien, a distinguished, reclusive sinologist living in Vienna between the wars With masterly precision, Canetti reveals Kien s character, displaying the flawed personal relationships which ultimately lead to his destruction n nManipulated by his illiterate and grasp

The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax (Mrs. Pollifax, #3)

26 May 2020 | By Dorothy Gilman | Filed in: bulgaria.

While waiting for a view of her night blooming cereus, the mild seeming Mrs Pollifax received urgent orders for a daring mission to aid an escape Soon, the unlikely looking international spy was sporting a beautiful new hat that hid eight forged passports.