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

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

The ebook versions of The Tattooist of Auschwitz on two Kindles.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Vel's Perspective: Firstly, I'd like to mention a few things about the edition. I read the book on a Kindle, ebook published in 2018 by Zaffre, where barely 85% of the contents is the story of Lale, the Tattooist of Auschwitz. The rest of the book is filled up with notes from the author, Lale's … Continue reading The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Side View of the Book Cover of Catch 22

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller

Nel's Perspective This time I don’t even know how to start my review... And I still have no idea whether I like the book or not. I hope I get to a more precise opinion by the end of this review. Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 is a very bizarre experience from start to finish. The … Continue reading Catch 22 by Joseph Heller


Vel's perspective I received a long-awaited parcel from Nelly around 6 March, and along the treats she always sends me was Milen Ruskov’s bulky creation - Chamkoria. I started reading right away. Though many days I was unable to revisit the book due to personal engagements, I managed to finish the book right before the … Continue reading CHAMKORIA BY MILEN RUSKOV

The Spine of Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

Nel’s Perspective: I braced myself for the second round of fantasy stories and it was a bit of a challenge. Robert Holdstock has a very unique way of story-telling, which was a bit difficult to follow at times. This was not because the language was unnecessarily heavy or convoluted, but because I usually read in … Continue reading Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

A partial cover of the Bulgarian edition of Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

Vel’s Perspective: Reading Russian literature is always a bizarre experience for me, even when I know something odd will be going on, I am still amazed at just how odd things become. After reading a collection of Gogol’s short stories I thought I was ready for anything, and of course I wasn’t. Now, after The … Continue reading The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

The cover of Sworn Virgin by Rene Karabash

Sworn Virgin by Rene Karabash

Nel’s Perspective: Reading Sworn Virgin by Rene Karabash was a unique experience. I was only barely familiar with the concept of a sworn virgin and I honestly thought that this is not something you can access and see for yourself today. But as it turns out, there are still individuals, who are the living proof … Continue reading Sworn Virgin by Rene Karabash

The cover of Boxwood Ash by Ivan Trenev

Boxwood Ash by Ivan Trenev

Vel’s Perspective: I have much to say about this book, and even more left to ponder before I can formulate it into coherent sentences. Up until this point Nelly and I challenged each other with books in English, most of which in the Gothic genre. I was almost considering suggesting we change this blog to … Continue reading Boxwood Ash by Ivan Trenev