Stanislav Stratiev - our fiction writer, writer and playwright, author of some of the most memorable theater productions and film productions of modern times. If his writing style is to be kept, then we would call him the "Big Bulgarian ridiculing the great absurdities in our society". Accustomed to his manner of expression, archetypal or stereotypical, and analytical, we admire him when we read, watch, or listen to his well-intentioned outbursts of Bulgarian paradoxical reality. Because he does not judge, but laughs at the high voice of the Bulgarian folk psychology, from the one from which he is, from whom we are… and from which all his characters are. A sarcastic analysis and a fine sense of humor, this is Stanislav Stratiev.

"If we have given something to the world, this is the Bulgarian model.

It is - like the Pyramid of Cheops or the Tower of Babel - our contribution to the treasure of humanity.

To put it bluntly, this is a state of mind. A certain way of thinking. Type of spirituality.

Simply put - the opposite of everything.

Columbus leaves for India and finds America.

We leave for America and get to India.

We are always discovering America, and it turns out that we have found India.

Everywhere in the world the Andersen King is naked.

In our country the opposite is true - the King is dressed and the people are naked. And hungry. And unemployed.

People around the world are considered crazy but sick people.

Conscious people consider us crazy in our country. From the time of Botev.

Throughout the world, holes are mostly in cheese.

In our country they are in leading positions.

There, when you shoot at someone, he dies.

Here, even when you shoot at another, Aleko Konstantinov dies.

There are great nations there.

Here - the National Assembly.

There is only one step from the great to the ridiculous.

It makes no difference here.

People are free with them and prices are with us.

This is the Bulgarian model.

The Bulgarian model is worse than the Bermuda Triangle.

In the Bermuda Triangle, things just go away.

And you know they're gone.

There are some in the Bulgarian model, but they are not.

And you don't know what it is.

It's called a gas station, but neither does it have gasoline, nor do they change the oil, nor check the tires, nor wash the windows.

All you know is that it is the highest in the Balkans. Or the broadest.

According to this model, the Bulgarian dwarves are the shortest in the world, and the Bulgarian men - the most masculine.

The Bulgarian model is when the silence is gold, and the bowed head of a sharp sword does not cut and egg better today than a hen tomorrow, because the meek lamb of two mothers sucks.

And when we kidnap Charlie Chaplin's remains for ransom.

In the Bulgarian model, the villagers come to the city to buy milk, and the citizens go to the village to harvest.

The Bulgarian model is a bicycle without pedals, but with ten handlebars.

And when factories produce amateur art.

The Bulgarian model is pierced and tied with a penny. To ride free in the elevator and talk for free over the phone.

In the Bulgarian model there is no ninth hole in the kaval. It is not pierced. The tenth was drilled.

The Bulgarian model is not me to be good, but you to be bad.

The Bulgarian model is indestructible.

It will be over when we all go to Canada.

As will be done with Canada itself. "

From the book The Bulgarian Model - Stanislav Stratiev

A sarcastic analysis and an exquisite sense of humor - this is Stanislav Stratiev. But let's talk about theater…

He made his first breakthroughs in theatrical art with his work "Roman Bath" - 1974, which was presented by Neycho Popov and became an absolute hit on the Bulgarian theatrical scenes.

Followed by: "Suede jacket" - 1976, "Flight" - 1980, "Ragatza" - 1982, "Do not lose heart" - 1982, "Maximalist" - 1984, "Life, though and short "- 1986," Landscape details "and" Balkan syndrome "in 1987," Mammoth "- 1990," On the other side "- 1993," Winter habits of rabbits "- 1996 ., "Empty Rooms" - 1999, "Motives for Clarinet" - 2003. All these plays are marked by the inexhaustible talent of the writer - both slightly funny and slightly sad. Stanislav Stratiev is an emblem of the State Satirical Theater - playwright and chief artistic director.

"I was happy in this theater. First, as a spectator, as one of the lucky ones, he found a ticket and was already enchanted by this bright, ruthless and cheerful magic called Satirical Theater. And then as one of those who participate in magic, in its creation or destruction. This is what others will say. But I was happy. This theater is like home to me. I feel calm in it, my close people are in it, I walked in it and grew up in it. It seems to me that I can never give him as much as he gave me. But it is not necessary, as a person does not make such calculations for the home, he just loves it and lives in it and that is enough… One cannot do without a home.

How strong are Stanislav Stratiev's words? Why was theater an outlet for his prose and dramatic skills? Where else would he express his unassuming talent for Bulgarian comedy? How, when it comes to Stratiev, do all theatrical critics come together and recognize him as the brightest figure in Bulgarian theater in the second half of the 20-th century? The answers are there - in his works, presented in collections, books, on stage and in front of a camera. There, in the images of Martha, Tsekov, Ivan Antonov of Roman Bath, Ragac and Atanas of Ragac, Vanya and Slavcho of Maximalist, Sashko, Bai Lambo, Anton and Vanka of Landscape Details, and later, the movie "Short Sun".

"Our meetings were fun and we laughed a lot. Endless conversations, every day. I still remember his laughter. His comments were always grotesque and loving. He was a great psychologist, he could see and he had the patience to listen to others. He loved to listen. He never said he was bored. The conversation may turn in many different directions, it may be boring, but he did not say such a thing. To him, everything around him was like a stage full of images. Sometimes he told me that he had already described them and then discovered that they really existed. The line in which he worked is with Bulgarian elements, but at the same time it is very European. I don't think any of the Bulgarian authors has expressed the psychology of today's Bulgarians so well. "

Stoimen Stoilov

for the Standard newspaper 4904, September 1 2006

The road to Stratiev's creativity is a short distance away - by plane or entrance.

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