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..
The women who touched the most gentle soul strings of genius Bulgarian poet Hristo Botev are described as remarkable and spiritual. They are not only beautiful and erudite, but are also devoted to high ideals. Who were these women and why they..
Artists will always find unexpected opportunities and solutionss in the things they like, and painting is so diverse that it gives the infinite freedom to experiment and unleash one’s imagination. Two years ago artist Maya Petrova got..
Plovdiv and Matera – the two European Capitals of Culture with ancient history, have turned to traditions, looking for similarities between them. But they are also looking forward to getting to know each other through the language of art. When..
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