• The things of life: François-Henri Désérable

    28 November 2019

    photo Francesca Mantovani

    He says that everything leaves a mark on him, "and for a long time." You're already getting a taste of how serious is this ex-hockey player who left the sport at 29 to become a writer.
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  • The things of life: Vaiva Grainytė

    21 November 2019

    text Sevda Semer

    She's a writer, but this word doesn't contain everything. Vaiva jumps between genres, for example with her book of diaries-essays; she writes poetry and is a playwright with a curiosity for the entire process.
  • Spotting weeds with Olga Nikolova

    23 May 2019

    "To think is to be calm", says Olga Nikolova - a critic, translator and editor in chief of Peat Nekogash. In her magazine for "literature, philosophy and scientific thought" things are not always as quiet, especially when the literary critic Rada Baroutska publishes her fiery critic for contemporary Bulgarian poets, or when Veso Paraliata - a village philosopher with a heavy accents - starts discussing literature and life. Peat Nikogash recently turned 5 and published a special issue in a beautiful paperback, and Olga's collection of essays - with this in mind, we ask a few questions about reading, thinking, and their actual relationship to reality.
  • Georgi & The Grapes

    28 March 2019

    text Violeta Ivanova photos Trayana Baturova

    "I've been writing since I can recognize myself in the mirror," he says quickly instead of handing us a business card. He is skillful with the piano and the guitar, too (he often plays and composes just for fun) as well as with the camera (he studied directing and dramaturgy) but, as you may have already guessed, literature draws him the most.
  • Cinema in the subconscious: Svetlozar Vassilev

    21 March 2019

    Not that he does not rest with a movie sometimes, on the contrary. Still, he prefers cinema with a strong impact, which invites you to think, to remember, to watch your emotions. With his experience as a psychoanalyst and lecturer, Svetlozar Vassilev began 9 years ago the Psychoanalysis and Cinema meetings with a team of other analysts: selecting titles that unlock our important parts and discussing them with viewers at a public screening. Thus cinema becomes the key to talking about things that otherwise are not often talked about - experiences from childhood, loss or an intimate episode. On the day of our meeting, Svetlozar's book, Mirror of imagination, explains his method and history and speaks for specific titles. If you prefer to experience it yourself, the Sofia Film Fest follows two screenings with discussions, and before that, we talk to Svetlozar about watching, talking and experiencing movies.
  • Eilis ni Dhuibhne: conversation before lunch

    28 February 2019

    An oddity as exotic and welcome as an elephant or a giraffe - that's how Eilis ni Dhuibhne describes June, and Irishwoman travelling in a Bulgarian village.
  • The things from life: Robert Menasse

    6 December 2018

    With a delays of a couple of days, when he's travelling, and between a translator we finally meet with Robert Menasse: an Austrian writer who writes in German, but is read in 20 languages around the world. Before he arrives for the Sofia Literary Fest, where he's one of 80 guests, we talk with him about Europe and Brazil, parsley on a desk and why Vienna is like a balcony.
  • Bloody good library: Bogdan Rusev

    8 November 2018

    The reason why we bury our noses in his library is the newest book on its shelves - Anthony Horowitz's Magpie Murders, translated by Bogdan. It's a cozy crime novel in which you find yourself in between two stories that you follow together witha surprising detective: Susan Riley, an editor at a London publishing house. Bogdan Rusev himself has a long experience as an editor (in chief of Egoist, Capital Light and One Week in Sofia), as well as a translator, creative director, screenwriter, writer. There are three criminal novels in his bibliography, so is it a wonder why we want him to recommend the best criminal stories he's read?
  • Things From Life: Albena Todorova

    13 September 2018

    text Natalia Ivanova photo Yordanka Chakarova

    "Beni in Japanese means scarlet, nikki means diary," explains Albena in one of the first lines she wrote on benikki.tumblr.com (now bembeni.com).
  • Around Plamen Bozhilov's books

    26 July 2018

    text Natalia Ivanova photos Anelia Todorova

    It's more than possible to read the pages that have already passed through his hands – Plamen is on Slaveikov Sq. since the 90s, and later opens Antikvarnitsa
    with old books at three central addresses (with a lot of literature in English, Spanish and other foreign languages). The idea of ​​talking to him came with the last one on Gladston str., where we have recently found rare treasures from all over the world, but our interest grew with the repairs that gave us another reason to think about the place of the book in Sofia. Because of them, we now shake Plamen's hand in the garden opposite to Hotel Rila, where the book market has been moved, and we give him a white paper to write his story - from the first stall in the 90's to the shelves behind the showcase today and the hope for tomorrow.
  • Found in translation: Milena Popova

    18 January 2018

    text Natalia Ivanova

    Etgar Keret compared translators to ninjas: "If you notice them, they're no good.' And while this is true when we talk about texts, we want in life to be the opposite: if they are good, you notice them. That's why these two pages are for Milena Popova -  because of her work Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere or Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex speak Bulgarian.
  • Things from life: Viktor Horvath

    7 December 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova

    "It is difficult to provoke you as I try to reveal myself in a few lines. What kind of genre is that? If it's serious, we will lie, if it's funny, we will hide something," he writes in his short biography and we immediately want to know more about the person behind it. So far we have known him as an author - his novel Turkish Mirror came out in Bulgarian in August (by Ergo and translated by Svetla Kyoseva) after he took the EU Literature Award in 2012.
  • Things from life: Elitsa Georgieva

    7 September 2017

    If her name is a white page in your head, it is because her first book is just coming out in Bulgarian. Cosmonauts only pass has a presentation in Sofia on September 13th, along with Elitsa and her long history - she writes the novel in Paris where she lives and studies creative writing and cinema, won the Andre Debbroy Award for a debut and was nominated for a Flor prize (founded by Beigbeder) and 111th page.
  • A long time ago in a galaxy near us

    6 July 2017

    text and photos Natalia Ivanova

    "Trusting an author you have not heard of, taking his 500-page debut, and waste some of your time reading it is a huge responsibility," says Nikolay Terziyski just before we say "bye". Telling you that you have to read his first book is a big responsibility for us too, but after the first two or three pages of his novel Exclusion we felt that there was something inside it.
  • The man in person: Rawi Hage

    18 May 2017

    text Evelina Ivanova photo Babak Salari

    We met face to face with the man who captures the insecurities of men from behind.
  • Konstantin Trendafilov

    2 March 2017

    Days before the premiere of his first novel in the middle of March, we ask poet (and creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi Bulgaria) Konstantin Trendafilov six quick question about his Closeyourheart.
  • Between the lines: Gergana Dimitrova

    26 January 2017

    text Natalia Ivanova

    She believes that every reader wants to see published those books that he would put in your personal library. If we take the four titles from her young List Publishing, our first shelf will look like this:The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros (winner of the American Book Award), The Not-a-Pig (Mango & Bambang #1) by Polly Faber (for children), Zeno's Conscience by Italian writer Italo Svevo and The Cat and the Devil by James Joyce.
  • Things from life: Hassan Blasim

    14 December 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    Guardian calls him "perhaps the best writer of Arabic fiction alive" and perhaps this is the best compliment you can her in your lifetime. Blasim, however, seems to be more concerned with the response of ordinary people in Iraq, Syria and Libya, who live with his stories. They are all written "by first hand and in the first person about the terror of his people and others', says Janet 45 when issuing his first collection The Madman of Freedom Square. They are now printing his second one - The Iraqi Christ (that won Prize for Independent Foreign Fiction from The Independent).
  • Things from life: Nermin Yildirim

    8 December 2016

    text Natalia Ivanova

    Her books are gathering stories of women, seeking for a way to escape their memories, while opening a door to the "social memory" of Turkey. This is why we're not surprised when wee see Nermin's name on projects from Istanbul to Barcelona and Manchester - except a writer, she is also a journalist with her own rubric in Ot magazine and the first Turkish author, invited to take part of the writer's forum, organized by the Cultural Office in Cologne.
  • The Things From Life: Luis Bassat

    24 November 2016

    text Violeta Ivanova

    "When we won the competition for the Olympic ceremonies in Barcelona I knew this would become the most important project of my life". Boooom. The rest of his CV sounds equally impressive - starting with a place in a rock band when he was 22 and finishing with the recognition "most influential advertiser of the 20th century".