Last summer I had the great pleasure of attending the Sozopol Fiction Seminar, an annual program sponsored by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation that brings together five writers working in English and five working in Bulgarian, as well as editors, publishers, and translators from all over the world, to foster an international dialogue on writing. I was invited to offer my perspective on Poets & Writers as well as the wider world of literary magazines, and for six days I got to know some extremely talented writers from Bulgaria, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States while learning about the literary culture of Bulgaria – first in the capital city of Sofia and then in Sozopol, an ancient town on the Black Sea. Truly remarkable.
"Because I have big breasts, the only thing I haven't been accused of is breastfeeding in a shopping mall."
Following is an excerpt from the transcript of a government session during which Prime Minister Boyko Borisov described his recent visit to France. As usual when we quote the prime minister, we render his statements verbatim but with a few notes in square brackets introduced for clarity.
From top quality specialists to exquisite hospitals and clinics in all fields of medicine: Bulgaria offers great opportunities to take care of your biggest asset – the health
Bulgarian roses are the sourse of precious oil and strong memories
The country provides increasing range of organic food to those who want to live healthily
When looking for a piece of Bulgaria which is full with character, Ruse takes one of the first places. The biggest Bulgarian city on the Danube is the richest throve of fin-de-siècle architecture in the whole country, beating by far Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and Burgas. It is also the home of some of the most interesting museums in Bulgaria, and in it environs are the remains of a well preserved medieval fortress and UNESCO-listed rock monasteries.