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Georgi Gospodinov

A portrait of Georgi Gospodinov, a Bulgarian writer.
Photo: Phelia Baruh

Georgi Gospodinov

Winner of the International Booker Prize 2023 for Time Shelter, Georgi Gospodinov was born in Yambol, Bulgaria. His works have been translated into twenty-five languages. Georgi Gospodinov is the most translated and internationally awarded Bulgarian writer to emerge after the fall of communism. His novels, poems, essays, screenplays, and graphic novels have established him as one of the leading voices of European literature.

Gospodinov’s novels have been shortlisted for more than a dozen international prizes, including the PEN Literary Award for Translation, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the Bruecke Berlin Preis, and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt Literaturpreis, and have won the 2016 Jan Michalski Prize for Literature and the 2019 Angelus Literature Central Europe Prize, among others. 

Time Shelter is his third novel to be published in English. The Italian edition of the book won the prestigious Premio Strega Europeo prize last year.

His graphic novel The Eternal Fly was the first Bulgarian graphic novel and his short story “Blind Vaysha” was adapted into a short animation film that was nominated for an Oscar in 2017.


Articles by Georgi Gospodinov

Books hanging on light fixtures
Photo by Hatice Yardım on Unsplash
Invisible Crises
By Georgi Gospodinov
We must admit here that we, people on the side of literature, writers, publishers, and enthusiastic readers, have to a certain extent accepted our own defeat.
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel