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Ivan Vazov – Vazovova street

January 24, 2018

Ivan Vazov (1850-1921), the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature, was a poet, novelist and playwright. In 1917 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize in literature.

“What Is A Poet’s Soul Like
A tight and chiming string
that resounds to anything—
a single stroke or evil blow—
always by the same rondo.” [Translation: Yavor Dimitrov]

Living in Bratislava on Vazovova street, named after him, feels indeed homey.


Feeding Anaconda Book Launch

October 17, 2017

I love book launches, as every book is as unique as its author. A few months ago when the book was just hot out of the printing house, I wrote about Janeta Stoykova’s “Feeding Anaconda. The official book launch was tonight, but no wonder, a second print run has been done – great books find their readers quickly. The Author, The Author – an amazing personality! And so is the book in which everyone finds bits and pieces of oneself. For now available only in Bulgarian. Best of luck, Jani!

J. Stoykova “Feeding Anaconda” Book Launch


October 5, 2017

I dedicate this post to an entrepreneur and oceanpreneur, known to many, as Uwe the Sailor.

“Ocean Nomad” is a guidebook that helps adventurous personalities go on an Atlantic Ocean Sailing Adventure! The book is full of insights:

  • How to catch a ride across the Atlantic;
  • How to contribute to a healthier ocean…

Find out more about the book and the author here >>>

Rosary of Happiness

September 28, 2017

There is always something fascinating about book launches. “Rosary of Happiness” [original title in Bulgarian: Броеница на щастието] is Ivet Lolova’s first book.

I have known Ivet for many years and what has always struck me about her, is her genuine human touch in everything she does. It is only after reading the book and her personal story, beautifully rendered there, that I knew where her strength and positivism come from.

“Happiness is unpredictable. It does not always appear during the holidays. Often, it appears unexpectedly, taps us on the shoulder and smiles at us … Make two wishes – one for you and one for the person next to you. Then both will come true.”

Interview with the author here in Bulgarian.

Bookstore on Wheels

September 1, 2017

I came across a Bookstore on Wheels during my recent trip to Zheravna and was fascinated by the idea – young people traveling the country with a bunch of quality contemporary Bulgarian literature books. The book I chose to buy was called “Summer” and I was lucky to get it signed by the author himself – Iliyan Lyubomirov.

“Summer”- Iliyan Lyubomirov

“when it rains
there is only
when I love
it rains”

May it be a never-ending summer!

“we are heavy
by much talking
let’s be silent
on another topic”

Above translations are mine.

Wishing Iliyan and the fascinating initiative many ardent readers.


Three Daughters of Eve

August 7, 2017

Another engaging book I couldn’t wait reading by Elif Şafak – Three Daughters of Eve – a book about identity, politics, religion and God, provocative and philosophical as most of her writing.

The sinner, the believer and the confused – there Muslim girls all with different views in a class about ‘understanding God’ at Oxford University. And an enigmatic and controversial professor who encourages students to express their opinions.

Peri back then in her childhood, Peri back then at Oxford and Peri back now in Istanbul. The unresolved issues from the past seem to haunt her (as they do all of us) until we find the right solution for them. “Three Daughters of Eve” and the story of each girl resonated deeply with me.