The latest issue of Words Without Borders is devoted to contemporary Bulgarian writing, brought to you by director of the Bulgarian National Book Center Svetlozar Zhelev and translator extraordinaire Angela Rodel.
They kick off the issue with a baseball-cap worthy-title essay “Making Bulgaria Great Again” where the case is made for culture being worth saving and Bulgarian writing – and these writers in particular – as being worthy representatives of an in to a people’s history, culture and sensibility.
The best-known writer the issue includes is Georgi Gospodinov, author of Natural Novel and The Physics of Sorrow, with a work of non-fiction, Invisible Crises. Fiction includes work by Theodora Dimova, Alex Popov (author of Mission London and Black Box), Kristin Dimitrova, Zachary Karabashliev, Angel Igov and Yordanka Beleva as well as poetry by Boryana Neykova. Translators include Angela Rodel as well as Irina Ivanova, Annie Dancheva, Ivan Kolarov and Christopher Buxton.