PRESENTING A GUIDE TO COMMUNIST BULGARIA

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Bulgaria's national colours: Diana Trifonova, Desislava Taliokova and Nadezhda Zaharieva (from left to right) of the America for Bulgaria Foundation display the three volumes of A Guide to Communist Bulgaria Bulgaria's national colours: Diana Trifonova, Desislava Taliokova and Nadezhda Zaharieva (from left to right) of the America for Bulgaria Foundation display the three volumes of A Guide to Communist Bulgaria

Over 100 guests came to the official launch of A Guide to Communist Bulgaria by Dimana Trankova, Georgi Lozanov, Mihail Gruev and Anthony Georgieff at an event at the NDK Peroto Literary Club hosted by the America for Bulgaria Foundation, Vagabond Media and the Free Speech International Foundation; on 28 March, in Sofia.

They included a former president, the ambassadors of France and Israel, the former Bulgarian ambassador to the UN, representatives of a dozen embassies, including Germany, Denmark, Ireland and Greece, many local dignitaries and media, and citizens with an interest in Bulgaria's recent history.

The keynote speaker was Nancy Schiller, the President of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, with whose support A Guide to Communist Bulgaria was published. The book was presented by Professor Ivaylo Znepolski, the founder of the Studies of the Recent Past Institute in Sofia.

The three-volume book, which has already generated significant interest internationally, was published in both English and Bulgarian. It researches, documents and puts in context the material heritage of Bulgarian Communism: from the crumbling prefabricated living estates to the abandoned military bases and border posts, from the monuments of Second World War pro-Soviet guerrillas to the powerful nationalism of the 1970s, and from the failed and at times idiosyncratic megaprojects to the funny street signs giving instructions to citizens on how to maintain their personal cleanliness.

A Guide to Communist Bulgaria is in the good bookshops in Bulgaria as well as on Amazon the United States and the UK, and here.

A Guide to Communist Bulgaria book launch

Nancy Schiller, the president of the America for Bulgaria Foundation, welcomes guests at the book launch

 

Irit Lillian and Alon Cohen

Israeli Ambassador Irit Lillian and husband Alon Cohen

 

 

Nancy SchillerNancy Schiller

 

Dimana Trankova and Mihail GruevAuthors Dimana Trankova and Mihail Gruev

 

Stefan Tafrov, Koprinka Chervenkova and Mihail NedelchevFormer Bulgarian Ambassador to the UN Stefan Tafrov, executive editor of Kultura newspaper Koprinka Chervenkova and literary critic Professor Mihail Nedelchev

 

Alexandar KashumovHuman rights lawyer Alexandar Kashumov

Professor Ivaylo ZnepolskiProfessor Ivaylo Znepolski

 

President Petar StoyanovFormer President Petar Stoyanov

Marcus Haas and  Anthony GeorgieffMarcus Haas of the German Embassy and author Anthony Georgieff

 

Anthony GeorgieffAnthony Georgieff speaks to Bulgarian National Television

 

Sevda ShishmanovaSevda Shishmanova, the former programme director of BNT

 

Georges AnguelovBNT presenter Georges Anguelov

 

Elena Filipova and Simona ZdravevaElena Filipova and Simona Zdraveva of Vagabond Media

 

Dimana TrankovaAuthor Dimana Trankova

Georgi LozanovAuthor Georgi Lozanov

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