Axiomatically, tobacco is addictive and blamed for causing some cancers, so smoking is banned indoors on public premises, which happens to be a major blow to a heavily smoking nation. On its brighter side, Nicotiana tabacum is..
In the 1950s while communism was still a toddler and childishly cruel in this country, Bulgarian prose fiction suddenly grew up to veritable adulthood. Following the brilliant start of the novel with Ivan Vazov’s Under the Yoke..
The other day my son, 12, had some problems with a poem he had to learn by heart. I interrupted his efforts, and read to him a completely different piece, Faith by Nikola Vaptsarov. “Hey”, he said, “I like this poet, and you know why,..
Yordan Yovkov, Bulgaria’s most loved short-story writer, lived a life void of any glamour. He was born in the lovely Eastern Balkan Range village of Zheravna; fought in three wars like most male Bulgarians of age at that time; lived in the region..
Everybody likes a good story: be it a drama or a comedy. Elin Pelin (1877-1949) was a great expert of storytelling, with the rare gift to capture an event, create authentic characters and atmosphere and carry out narration itself in an intensely..
In this episode of Intense Literature we touch upon the great talents and tragic early deaths of three outstanding Bulgarian poets, Dimcho Debelyanov, Hristo Smirnenski and Geo Milev. Their destinies confirm in a most saddening way a powerful trend..
ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Kyltyra/audio03_eng_18_12_13.mp3 © Photo: archive Try to imagine his start: born with the unsightly surname Kratcholov, meaning trouser, in an obscure provincial town (Chirpan); trained to become a..
ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Kyltyra/Audio01_eng_28_11_13.mp3 From the modern Bulgarian translation of the Bible to the threshold of the Nobel Prize In Bulgarian literature and culture the most famous father and son are indeed Petko and..
ftp://files.bnr.bg/RadioBulgaria/Angliiska/Kyltyra/Audio01_eng_16_10_13.mp3 Ivan Vazov is commonly labeled as the Patriarch of Bulgarian Literature, or lovingly called Grandpa Vazov. Both labels are in fact quite inadequate, as well as the fact that we..
An introduction course in Bulgarian literature Once a prosperous medieval monarchy, Bulgaria was conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 14 century. It fell into the scope of a powerful Muslim empire and was torn away from Europe and its values for..
Southeast European countries are creating a permanent fund for cooperation in the sphere of culture. The decision has been taken at a meeting of the Council of Ministers of Culture of SEE, as president of the council in the past year was..
On occasion of the Holiday of Slavonic Alphabet, Bulgarian Education and Culture May 24, the Regional Library Dora Gabe in Dobrich presents some of its most-valuable works through the exhibition One Book – Many Editions. The third edition of the..
A photo exhibition titled Magic of the East is on display at the open-air gallery on the Lovers’ Bridge near the National Palace of Culture in Sofia. It presents the life, the culture and the nature of 17 Asian countries, including Vietnam,..
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