Front cover of Zara: Pages of a Diary by Evgeniya Dimitrova

Zara: Pages of a Diary by Evgeniya Dimitrova

Nel's Perspective Zara: Pages of a Diary by Evgeniya Dimitrova first showed up on my Facebook feed through one of those reading groups. It was dubbed the first Bulgarian psychological novel of the 20th century, which explores the coming of age struggles of a young middle class girl. More importantly, the author of the book … Continue reading Zara: Pages of a Diary by Evgeniya Dimitrova

Liliana by Blaga Dimitrova

Nel's Perspective It’s time for another poem! Vel and I had a long discussion on which of Blaga Dimitrova’s works we should do a review, because, you see, she was a very prolific writer during her life. The complete works collection spans 22 volumes full with novels, essays, lyrics, poems, plays, commentaries, etc. But who … Continue reading Liliana by Blaga Dimitrova

Bone China by Laura Purcell

Vel's Perspective For a third year in a row, we have trusted ourselves to read and review a Laura Purcell novel, this year it is Bone China. There are many similarities between the novels - the main characters are all women, usually of some fortune; further, the books are set in the same era, there … Continue reading Bone China by Laura Purcell

Partial front cover of Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

Nel's Perspective Rarely do I feel the need to write down everything going through my mind whilst reading something. This usually happens when I read non-fiction, however, Robert Holdstock’s Lavondyss is probably one of the few exceptions. Hence, I’m typing this just after finishing part one. If you need a bit of a refresher (as … Continue reading Lavondyss by Robert Holdstock

Front and back cover of Transki Stories by Petar Delchev

Transki Stories and Balkan Suite by Petar Delchev

Vel’s Perspective Transki Stories is used as the umbrella name for two separate sets of stories - Transki Stories and Balkan Suite, which have been collected under one edition. The two sets of stories have many similarities - they take heavy inspiration from Bulgarian folk stories and are centered around the lives of ordinary people … Continue reading Transki Stories and Balkan Suite by Petar Delchev

The Stricken by Teodora Dimova

Nel’s Perspective Teodora Dimova’s The Stricken is a very raw and honest narrative of the days just before the 1944 Bulgarian coup d'état, which marked the end of the Kingdom of Bulgaria and the start of the People's Republic of Bulgaria (led by the Bulgarian Communist Party), as well as the consequences of such a … Continue reading The Stricken by Teodora Dimova

Morse Code Wrens from Station X by Anne Glyn-Jones

Nel's Perspective As we were choosing the books for the 2020 reading list, Vel asked me to suggest a book, in which the focus rested on the role of women in society throughout the decades. To make it even more interesting, I pitched her the idea of comparing the lives and roles of women in … Continue reading Morse Code Wrens from Station X by Anne Glyn-Jones

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J.D.Barker next to a bowl of cherries

Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Nel’s Perspective Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker’s Dracul has been on my waiting-to-be-read list for a loooong time and I knew I had to wait, because generally ordering English edition books from overseas takes a lot of time. But, Vel managed to surprise me by getting the book for my last birthday. Once I … Continue reading Dracul by Dacre Stoker and J. D. Barker

Cover of the book The Monk of Hilendar from above.

The Monk of Hilendar by Dimitar Talev

Vel’s Perspective The Monk of Hilendar is written by Dimitar Talev, a very prominent contemporary Bulgarian author. He tries to portray the life of one of Bulgaria’s most famous national heroes - Paisius of Hilendar. Paisius is widely loved and venerated, he has been made saint by the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, he is celebrated on … Continue reading The Monk of Hilendar by Dimitar Talev

Kissed by God by Yavor Tsanev - Bookcover

Kissed by God by Yavor Tsanev

Vel's Perspective Yavor Tsanev is the first of a few Bulgarian authors who has made his way to our selected books of the year list with his Kissed by God, a collection of short stories, titled after one of the featured tales. I love a good short story, though I find I am very picky … Continue reading Kissed by God by Yavor Tsanev