• 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".
  • The things from life: Rene Karabash

    18 August 2016

    text Emanuela Ivanova photo Nikolai Petkov

    We met with the talented young poet/writer/theatre director and co-founder of Valeri Petrov Creative Weriting Academy just a few days after her description got another "slash" and here's what follows it: Golden Leopard for Best Actress from the Locarno Film Festival. Congrats to Rene and the cast and crew of Godless which was awarded Best Movie.
  • Playlist by Teo Chepilov

    12 May 2016

    "Urban legend" is a banal choice of words but it's meaning is clear as glass and looks exaclty like Teo.
  • History In Frames

    11 February 2016

    When we hear about history lessons, our minds instantly get filled up with pictures of high school teachers reciting dry facts with stone faces and students trying not to drool while secretly napping.
  • The things from life: Nikolai Grozni

    21 January 2016

  • Black on white

    7 January 2016

    Just now we would like to go to bed with a good book - that's why on the door between two years, we stop to look at the recent books of four people with minds that we like.
  • Jose Carlos Somoza

    3 December 2015

    The Cuban writer is coming to Sofia to meet his public - before that, we talk about the best library, the most valuable book, the best way to enjoy lunch and life's little agonies.
  • To be a teacher in Koprivshtitsa

    26 November 2015

    We meet with Mariyan Rankov - a teacher in Together in class, an organization that focuses on good education even in the smallest towns of Bulgaria. We talk with him about how his life changed, when he had to move to Koprivshtitsa to teach in the program.
  • 11 Moments of Yulian Tabakov

    12 November 2015

    He sets fire in the pit of our stomachs with his scenography from many years, then it burns and explodes vividly in his first movie - Tsvetanka, which we watch with our mouths agape.