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Georgi Gospodinov
Country: Bulgaria
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Georgi Gospodinov (1968) is a poet, writer and playwright, one of the most translated Bulgarian author after 1989.
His first poetry book, Lapidarium (1992), won the National Debut Prize. It was followed by The Cherry Tree of One People (1996) awarded with the Best Book of the Year Prize of the Bulgarian Writers’ Association. Two other poetry books followed: Letters to Gaustin (2003) and later the collected volume Balads and Maladies (2007). His poems were published in many international anthologies, most recently in New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008); A Balkan Exchange. Eight Poets from Bulgaria and Britain (Arc Publications, 2007); A Fine Line. New Poetry from Eastern & Central Europe (Arc Publications, 2004). His most recent book in German is the poetry volume Kleines morgendliches Verbrechen, Droschl Verlag, 2010.
But Gospodinov’s Natural Novel (1999; English version: 2005) is the book that gains international acclaim. It has already been issued seven times in Bulgaria and translated into 14 languages including English (Dalkey Archive Press, 2005), German, French, Spanish, Czech, Italian, Danish, Serbian, etc.
The New Yorker described it as an “anarchic, experimental debut”, The Times as a “humorous, melancholy and highly idiosyncratic work.” According to The Guardian, it is “both earthy and intellectual.”
The German edition (2007), received a good critical response as well. FAZ qualified it as a “small and elegant masterpiece.” Neue Zürcher Zeitung called Gospodinov a “humorist of desperation.”Gospodinov’s volume of short stories, And Other Stories (2001), was translated into English, French, German, Czech, Italian, etc. In 2007, the English version of the collection was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor Award. Gospodinov’s stories were included in the anthologies Best European Fiction 2010 (ed. Aleksandar Hemon, Dalkey Archive Press) and Passport to Crime. The Finest Mystery Stories from International Crime Writers (Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, 2007).
Gospodinov’s play D.J. (the initials of Don Juan) won the prize for Play of the Year 2004. It was staged in Sofia, France and Austria. His new play, The Apocalypse comes at 6 p.m. (2009), has its recent premiere in Sofia.
He wrote screenplays for short feature films, including Omelette (4.44’) awarded with Sundance Jury Honourable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival 2009 (International Shorts Competition Program).
Gospodinov edited I’ve Lived Socialism. 171 personal stories (2006), a collection of ordinary people’s memories of socialist times. His work in this field continued with the Inventory Book of Socialism (2006, co-authorship with Y. Genova), a catalogue of Bulgarian everyday life objects from the period 1956-1989. Both works were among the most debated and bestselling books in Bulgaria.
Gospodinov is a Ph.D. at the Literature Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and is a columnist for the daily newspaper Dnevnik. He took part in many literary readings and festivals in the UK, Germany, France, Portugal and other places all over Europe.
In 2008 he was guest writer of Berliner Kuenstler program, DAAD.

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