It Grows, but It Does Not Age, reads Sofia's motto, but when you check what the Bulgarian capital looked like a century ago, you could be excused for thinking that It Changes, Yet It Stays the Same might have been a more appropriate slogan for the city's coat of arms.
Until the early 1990s this was a no-go border zone. Isolated for over 40 years from the Bulgarian hinterland, the area developed its own ecosystem unseen anywhere else on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. Come the post-Communist liberalisation and a trickle of visitors started to come. They soon discovered that they had found one of the prettiest locations in the country: pristine beaches, slow rivers, oak forests untouched by man.
Isolation and security were both in short supply in 6th century continental Greece. Avars and Slavs were ravaging lands and cities, sometimes retreating and sometimes settling, and for the local population there were only two options: fortify or flee. The people who founded what is now Monemvasia did both. They left their homes and found a new one on a rocky islet just off the eastern shores of the Peloponnese. Then they fortified it.
This current issue presents a text by the 2016 Sozopol Fiction Seminars fellow and CapitaLiterature participant Svetlozar Stoyanov
Contemporary medicine offers quality treatment as never before in the human history, and continues to develop
"Everything that I experienced later had already happened in Ruschuk," writes in The Tongue Set Free, the memoir of the Nobelist Elias Canetti, who was born in Ruse in 1905. The contemporary visitor of this beautiful city on the Danube can easily sense the feel that this place has a secret life and has accumulated experience and wisdom and has been passing them on through the generations.