Biography 

 

Valentina Radinska was born on September 11, 1951 in the town of Sliven in the family of a journalist. He studied Bulgarian philology at Sofia University "Kliment Ohridski" for two years, then studied at the Maxim Gorky Literary Institute in Moscow, and graduated in 1976. 

 

He worked as a journalist at People's Youth Magazine and then for 12 years as an editor at the Boyana Feature Films Studio. From 1992 to the end of 1994, he led the Civilizations Division at Continental. From December, 1994 worked as an editor and from July 1999 until July 2002 as Editor-in-Chief of Europe 2001. From 1996 to 2008 he holds a special course in creative writing and a master's seminar in the same specialty at Sofia University "Kliment Ohridski". Since October, 2014 has been regularly conducting creative writing courses at the Damyan Damianov High School in Sliven.

 

In March, 2002, Valentina Radinska established the non-governmental organization Bulgarian Association for cerebral palsy, and works on projects related to the problems of families raising children with disabilities at home.

 

Creation

 

He is the author of three realized documentary scripts on a social topic, as well as the script of the TV film of BNT - "The Bird" (2003).

 

Valentina Radinska is the author of nine books with poems: "A man walks up to me" (People's Youth, 1977); "The Night Book" ("H.G. Danov" 1983); "No" (Georgi Bakalov 1988); Purgatory (Infamous 1992 IR); "Everything" (Ivan Vazov IR 1995); At least (Hemus IR, 2001), Rain (Zahariy Stoyanov, 2009); Use of Freedom (2014, published by Zakhariy Stoyanov) and her book with selected poems, Times (2014, by Zakhariy Stoyanov). She is also the author of the literary-critical study "Dimcho Debelyanov and the Lord of the Wolves" (1997, 2012).

 

He is also the author of the anthology "Bulgarian Poetry after the Second World War" ("Word", 2000).

 

She has translated poems by AS Pushkin, Inokentiy Anenski, Marina Tsvetaeva, Anna Akhmatova, Bella Ahmadulina, Yunna Moritz, and others. He is a member of the Association of Bulgarian Writers and the Bulgarian PEN Club. Her poems have been translated into all European languages, and are included in five English-language anthologies published in the United States, Canada and England.

 

Awards

 

He received the Criticism Award of the Century 21 for the literary-critical study "Dimcho Debelyanov and the Wolf Commander" (1997, 2012). In 1998, she received the national Mara Belcheva Award for her complete poetic work.

 

She is also the winner of the Golden Chain Poetry Award of the Trud newspaper (2009). For her translations of the poetry of the great Russian poetess Marina Tsvetaeva, Valentina Radinska is the winner of the Union Prize of the Union of Translators in Bulgaria in 1992. She is the winner of the Blaga Dimitrova Award of GF Bulgarka for the documentary novel We with Coco. Krikor Azaryan up close ”(Enthusiast Publishing House), dedicated to the great Bulgarian director, whose wife she was, and who has two editions (2011, 2014); of the National Prize for Literature "Milos Zyapkov" (2014) for the collection of poems "Use of Freedom", as well as the Grand Prize for Art and Literature of the Municipality of Sliven - "Dobri Chintulov". In January 2015 he received the Teodor Trayanov National Poetry Award.

 

 

Excerpt

 

On 15 March 2009, Coco is 75 years old. The previous day, Armen Jigarhanyan arrived from Moscow, arriving to attend his close friend's anniversary, to watch "The Seagull", which was played that night in TBA, in honor of his birthday.

 

During those few days, Coco felt so bad that they could hardly see each other. For the evening at the theater we arrived with one taxi at the last moment - towards the end of the performance. On the stage, in the middle of the Seagull decor and the actors who took part in the performance, congratulations came to Coco. The Askeer Foundation honored him. The appearance of Armenia on stage caused a stir for several reasons. First, no audience expected him, they didn't know he was going to appear. And secondly, he not only appeared, but came on stage, throwing a huge glass rifle over his shoulder, filled with some alcohol, which then turned to rum. How he had carried her across the border, only he knew!

Valentina Radinska

Valentina Radinska

 

Then we went downstairs to a modest scroll down at Maxim, or at the piano bar - I no longer know the name of the venue under the Military Theater. We had not invited many people, it was as never before, quiet and silent, as if everyone had anticipated that this would be my husband's last birthday. Just thinking of what a joyous anniversary Coco remembers this place - especially one - it seems that it was his 65 birthday, when a dozen men from the troupe learned a heroic song in Armenian and thunderously, wholeheartedly, sang it to Coco's amazement! They also had huge Armenian noses, which made him laugh!

 

Armen was delighted with the spectacle, repeatedly saying that the Seagull was a brilliant performance. Days after he left for Moscow, he called and said, "Do you imagine, I'm going to my theater to rehearse Ivanov's Chekhov, and
I talk to the actors all the time about Azaryan's Seagull! "Coco" stepped in "at the Cherry Orchard in early April 2009. On the front page of his working copy, above Chekhov's name, he wrote:

 

"I am not interested in the truth as much as it is amazing, and in its wide variety of manifestations."

 

And below he added:

 

One Borges story

 

I suppose he wrote this later, in the fall, at the beginning of the second stage of his rehearsals, because while we were at the Grave for a week at the end of August, he was reading Borges's Death and Compass collection all the time.

 

When he began his rehearsals in the spring of 2009, Coco, as always, was absolutely prepared. And very inspired. It was as if he had gathered all his spiritual and physical potential, his unique experience of man and artist and wanted
to pour the wealth accumulated for decades in the form of this spectacle, the Cherry Orchard. There was some special determination then in him - like a man who has run a long marathon and has a few more meters to go
to reach the winning final. And as tired as he is, the proximity of victory gives him a new burst of strength to take those last few steps…

 

But like every spring, it's time for a scanner. It happened one morning on the day that was set for another infusion of erbitux at the Military Hospital. In the afternoon, his doctor, Dr. Mihailova, entered the room with some discomfort. I immediately guessed what my husband was about.

 

There was a tumor in his liver again…

Fate continued its sinister toys.

 

Then, in the hallway, Dr. Mihailova told me that it was actually two tumors, but she hid it from Coco to keep him from stress…

*** source - BNR / wikipedia 

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