"Books help when you're in love, because falling in love is dumbing down and looking for a new language, new words, special words."

Georgi Gospodinov is often called by his contemporaries a phenomenon in Bulgarian literature. His success triggered a series of happy events that marked a new beginning for modern Bulgarian journalism. Georgi Gospodinov deserves to be called a phenomenon because he created a happy event, which we waited too long. The popularity of his books went beyond his homeland, which in itself is a source of pride. Georgi Gospodinov is one of the most translated modern writers in Bulgaria. He is considered to be the first most successful Bulgarian author after 1989, awarded with international recognition and a winner of a long series of prestigious awards for creativity.

In 2013, his books surpassed sales in the country by editions by such authors as Agatha Christie, Dan Brown, and Stephen King. Georgi Gospodinov is proof that in Bulgaria one can make a career as a writer without the help of literary agents, financial incentives or persistent "pushing" from third parties. He accomplishes everything on his own, through his mind, talent, knowledge and work. This confirms its status as an icon of contemporary Bulgarian literature. Although focused on sadness and empathy, his work is vibrant, beautiful and touching.

Anyone who touches the Lord's word can quickly recognize a truly good storyteller, one who is able to take on a strange, slightly fragmented, but unforgettable journey amidst the mysteries of life, emotional turmoil, and inner breakdowns. The stories told have depth, and the further the reader goes, the closer he gets to the insightful philosophical reflections on the meaning of life, loneliness, sadness, melancholy. The theme of the End is most often overlaid, the sense of self-destruction and personal apocalypse.

The Natural Novel is Gospodinov's most famous and successful book. This is a happy book, though central to it is grief and a sense of self-destruction. Why is she happy? The best answer is given by Boyko Penchev, who writes: “There are many successful books, but few are happy. They are not hitting the audience like a media tsunami, but are gradually expanding their presence. "

A number of poems, more famously known, include Lapidarium, The Cherry of a Nation, Letters to Gaustin, and Ballads and Decay. His interest in his poems also enjoys international success and recognition. His poems have been translated into Macedonian, Czech, German, Portuguese and many other languages.

Georgi Gospodinov was born on January 7 in the town of Yambol. He holds a degree in Bulgarian Philology from the Sofia University. His main activity is as a writer, but besides him he appears as a poet and playwright, editor of the Literary Newspaper, and writes articles on the Dnevnik daily. He is family connected with Bilyana Kurtasheva, who is a literary critic and translator by profession. The two have a daughter, Paradise.


"A natural novel"

"To start over. The dumbest expression, good for minor novels and box office movies. Turn your back on everything. Stand up after you have fallen. Will for a new beginning. Nonsense. "

A highlight of his writing career is the publication of the book "A Natural Novel", which was first published in Bulgaria in 1999. Due to the great interest, it has been reprinted in Bulgarian eight times so far. It has a lasting presence on the international book market and has been translated into over 22 languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Serbian, Danish and, more recently, Icelandic.

The Natural Novel is on the list of compulsory literature studies at several world universities. Increasingly, in recent years it has become a subject of academic development. In "Natural Novel" there is fragmentation in a new form, different from the familiar ones of Geo Milev and Atanas Dalchev. Against the backdrop of most Bulgarian and foreign literary titles, "Natural Novel" can be defined as an emotionally affecting non-standard reading that offers a different, original view of things in life. At first glance, it looks like a slim, simple and easy-to-digest novel, but the prospective reader does not suspect what the power of attraction lies in it.

The action in the novel unfolds in the 90 years of the last century and tells of the drama of a writer whose marriage falls apart; his wife goes away and later creates another family, and he, frustrated and aimless, tries to move on. The idea of ​​the apocalypse takes a deep dimension, beginning with the disintegration of the individual and ending with the disintegration of society. The Natural Novel focuses on the topic of alienation, the break in personal relationships and personal breakup, the lack of horizon, the sense of the End. With alternating moments of travel, personal drama, deep philosophical reflections, cloying romance, and palpable naturalism, the book completely engulfs attention, mind and spirit.


"And other stories"

"What goes silent turns into broken agitators and crushed cups."

The collection of short stories "And other stories" also has a different and original taste, typical of Georgi Gospodinov. The book was published in 2001 and is now available for reading in English, French, German, Czech, Italian and more. It is a unique mixture of strange events, recreating eternal human feelings, sadness, romance, urge to beauty. Each story, although short, manages to provoke thoughts and leave a lasting mark in the mind. The stories "Christine removing from the train", "Gaustin", "Peonies and forget-me-nots", "A pig's Christmas soul", "First steps", "Second story", "Blind Vaisha" and "Living soul" stand out “. In 2007, the English edition of the collection received a nomination for the Frank O'Connor Award, the world's most prestigious short story award.


"Physics of sadness"

"If a person makes some effort to look normal, he will save himself considerable time during which he can be as calm as he wants to be."

"Physics of Sadness" is the birth of "Natural Novel." It is a novel with countless branches. "Physics of Sadness" is a series of reflections on sadness, empathy, a gloomy sensation, and melancholy that seem to receive a spark of life. Different topics are touched upon, stories begin and end, with numerous beginnings and endings. "Physics of sadness" is a chronicle of sadness that wanders among people. The pages of the book are laced with regret and sadness. The reader is invited to embark on an imaginary roller coaster, traveling, witnessing various human stories filled with spiritual insights and personal breakdowns, as in Natural Novel. Against the backdrop of these stories, the metaphor for the Minotaur stands out. It is a powerful device and through it the author achieves a high emotional impact. The novel produces empathy in large quantities. And this empathy seems to come to life, taking on flesh and form. The Physics of Sadness is not a categorical novel, but rather a compilation of ideologically and thematically united stories.

In 2013, the work was awarded the Bulgarian Novel of the Year Award by the National Endowment Fund "13 Century Bulgaria", and in 2014 received nominations for four of the most prestigious global literary awards "Gregor von Rezori" , "Europe's Strigo", the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Prize and the Bruecke Prize, Berlin.

In 2013, a new storybook entitled "And Everything Became a Moon" was released, surpassing the success of "Other Stories." For many, new stories are even more influential, inviting re-reading. More exciting titles include "8 minutes and 19 seconds," "Daughter," "Oh, Henry!", "The Old Man and the Sea," "Communion," "The Ritual," About Laura, became moon "and" photography ".

The events told in Georgi Gospodinov's novels are earthly, pure and natural. They contain a message that, when decoded, carries surprising (painfully true and sometimes frightening) insights into beginning and end, to the individual and society, to the eternal and the transient. The creativity of the Lord's is not for everyone, and not necessarily everyone likes it. Art is a matter of individual feeling.

* The quote is from a holiday word that G. Gospodinov is giving in Sofia on the occasion of 24 May 2013.

** Quotation from the Literary Analysis "Natural Novel Seeds and Roots of 90" by Boyko Penchev

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