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Two pears hang from a branch in front of a blue sky
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By Yordanka Beleva
Way back, the old Turks believed that when you die, you bequest to your nearest and dearest precisely forty sorrows.
Translated from Bulgarian by Izidora Angel
Make Bulgaria Great Again
By Svetlozar Zhelev & Angela Rodel
Just like every other literature and viewpoint, Bulgarian literature has important contributions to make.
Books hanging on light fixtures
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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
By Theodora Dimova
This skin hanging like a wet sheet over bent bones would have seemed devastating to me.
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel
By Zachary Karabashliev
How is it that in this big whoppin’ America there’s not a single little piece of baling wire?
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel
The Meek
By Angel Igov
Then the generous autumn of ’44 suddenly thrust into your hands the power to shape human fates.
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel
The Shadow of the Great Masturbator
By Alek Popov
“You’ve been trading in stolen knickers, haven’t you!”
Translated from Bulgarian by Christopher Buxton
Visitors Assume All Risk upon Entering the Premises
By Kristin Dimitrova
He spoke quietly, calmly, with a certain despair that was discernible only on the fringes of his personality.
Translated from Bulgarian by Annie Dancheva
Time to Pack
By Boryana Neykova
Soon I will be leaving this town too
Translated from Bulgarian by Irina Ivanova
A brown dachshund stands on a dirt path in a park
Photo by MATÍAS ALEJANDRO on Unsplash
Seven Ways to Hide Behind a Dog
By Yordanka Beleva
The first question is “Why did you get a dog?”
Translated from Bulgarian by Ivan Kolarov
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
A pile of cucumbers
Photo by Mohammadreza Ghasemian on Unsplash
By Martin Karbowski
He says that was the most ingenious smokescreen he’s ever seen in his life.
Translated from Bulgarian by Angela Rodel
From “Mausolée”
By Rouja Lazarova
Under the crowd's gray gaze, a dozen militiamen bluntly push him into a small van.
Translated from French by Christine Schwartz Hartley