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New Writing from Bulgaria

May 2015

In this collection, originally featured in the May 2015 issue of Words Without Borders, we present new Bulgarian writing by Agop Melkonyan, Olya Stoyanova, Georgi Tenev, and Vlado Trifonov. We thank the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation for its generous support of the feature.

Old Proud Mountain
By Georgi Tenev
The machines struggled with the mountain, snow sent punctuated volleys against the windshields. Black and roaring, the cars sowed alarm.
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel
What Wolves Dream
By Olya Stoyanova
“Have you been watching too much ‘Animal Planet’ or what?!”
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel
The Barrister from Bar Doli
By Vlado Trifonov
She often called at this underworld hangout.
Translated from Bulgarian by Peter Skipp
Just the Two
By Agop Melkonyan
The Old Man had been preparing for these questions twenty years now. Nothing could surprise him.
Translated from Bulgarian by Kalin M. Nenov