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Bulgaria Short Stories

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Alexander Shpatov

Bulgaria Short Stories

#LiveFromSofia

Alexander Shpatov

Author

Alexander Shpatov, 35, was born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria and has never left his city for more than two weeks. He has been awarded the National Best Fiction Debut Prize for 2005 and the Sofia Award for Literature for 2015. Alexander is chairman of the Association for Small Urban Libraries, a real estate lawyer, a PhD student in Theory of Reading and a tour guide around the literature landmarks of Sofia.

Overview

Subject: Sofia; Setting: Sofia; Main character: Sofia
Genre: urban short stories (a distinctly different genre from the village stories of the Bulgarian classics).

Praise

As soon as you open Alexander Shpatov’s short story collection and read the first story “Experience Sofia”, you know that this author loves his city. He loves it so much that he wants the reader to love it too and – even better – to see it with the eyes of someone who has lived there all of his life. Reading these stories is an initiation. If you’ve never been to Sofia, it’s likely you’re so intrigued, you’ll feel like visiting as soon as possible. If you’ve been there before, it’s possible, you’ll discover entirely new sides to a lively city that is rich in history.

Caroline Couderc

A sense of a city, a clever cartography via new languages and networks – this is what Alexander Shpatov’s stories draw us into. The best of them, such as “Yellow Brick Road,” “Panel-Block Church,” “Wise Men from the East Take OK Supertrans” and others easily mix fiction with reality, urban legends with new reports, they move past Five Corners, the National Theater, Youth II… The city, of course, is Sofia. As we would like to read it. A city with stories. And with legends.

Georgi Gospodinov