Archive for the 'Articles & Books' Category

The Island of Missing Trees

January 9, 2022

The Island of Missing Trees – another moving, beautifully written and delicately constructed book of love, division, transcendence and history by Elif Shafak. A multi-layered story with a dual time line narrative reflecting the history of Cyprus in the 1970’s between Greeks and Turks.


January 3, 2022

There are several theories on the etymology of the name Boyana and all somehow refer to the elements of ‘strong’ and ‘noble’. I could not agree more, as having known Boyana Nikolova for over 10 years now, she has always surprised me with her strength, versatile skills and interests. And last but not least – her always smiling and sunny personality.

Once you start reading her debut novel “Survival’ (in Bulgarian “Oцеляване“) you cannot stop until you get to the end – words intricately intertwined, plot – engaging and making you analyze, think and re-think. Past, preset and future – all so engagingly blended. I wish her next books get published soon. 

Boyana Nikolova “Survival”

Viktor Melamed’s “Dreams”

November 11, 2020

I love books that grab my attention instantly. Viktor Melamed‘s “Dreams” is my-cup-of-tea read of short stories. Brilliantly written, keeping one’s attention alert with unexpected twitches, that make you re-read every story to experience the delight of sensing the author’s different perspectives – forward and backward. Can’t wait for other writings by Viktor.

Home. Sweet Home. “You can change many houses in a lifetime, but there is only one whose scent your memory, veins, even your genes have absorbed.” (At Home)

The Master and Margarita

February 5, 2020

Reading Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita in different ages has a different impact on the reader. Bulgakov portrays evil as being inseparable from our world as light is from darkness. Both Jesus and Satan dwell mostly inside people. The Master and Margarita with its supernatural elements is always a pleasure to read or watch.

Christy Morgan

August 1, 2018

August begins great – meeting Christy Morgan, the author of “With Love from Bratislava” and having finally her book (for now available at Amazon). Moving to a new country has its challenges, so as a new comer here, fascinated by Bratislava, I can’t wait to start reading Christy’s story. Stay tuned, will write below more when I reach the final page. With love from Bratislava for now!

Christy Morgan,”With Love from Bratislava”

5 August 2018 update: 5 days later, I finished reading Christy’s book – an amazing personal story about not putting one’s dreams on hold and the challenges faced when uprooting to a new country. New beginnings! New challenges!


Jubilation Zone

March 27, 2018

Some books sound familiar in terms of how things were back then. Slovak’s author Jozef Banáš Jubilation Zone describes in an engaging way the past twenty years of the communist regime. This very Central and East European book reminds of times when freedom was not taken for granted for many people behind the Iron Curtain. So very true: “You know someone’s past from the way he acts today”, as the motto of the book says.

Fabulous translation in Bulgarian by Fabiola Vicenova and here is an interview with her on how having the book translated started.