East of the West: A Country in Stories

East of the West: A Country in StoriesA grandson tries to buy the corpse of Lenin on eBay for his Communist grandfather A failed wunderkind steals a golden cross from an Orthodox church A boy meets his cousin the love of his life once every five years in the river that divides their village into east and west These are Miroslav Pen

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe

Border: A Journey to the Edge of EuropeIn this extraordinary work of narrative reportage, Kapka Kassabova returns to Bulgaria, from where she emigrated as a girl twenty five years previously, to explore the border it shares with Turkey and Greece When she was a child, the border zone was rud to be an easier crossing point into the W

The Shadow Land

The Shadow LandFrom the 1 bestselling author of The Historian comes an engrossing novel that spans the past and the present and unearths the dark secrets of Bulgaria, a beautiful and haunted country n nA young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, has traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria, hoping that life abroad will salve the

Natural Novel

Natural NovelGospodinov flits and buzzes among various subjects from graffiti in public toilets to the movies of Quentin Tarantino in this tale of a young Bulgarian writer who decides to create his own version of a natural novel assembled from the bits and pieces of everyday life At its center is a poig

Stork Mountain

Stork MountainStork Mountain tells the story of a young Bulgarian immigrant who, in an attempt to escape his mediocre life in America, returns to the country of his birth Retracing the steps of his estranged grandfather, a man who suddenly and inexplicably cut all contact with the family three years prior, the b


SoloWith an imaginative audacity and lyrical brilliance that puts him in the company of David Mitchell and Alexander Hemon, Rana Dasgupta paints a portrait of a century through the story of a hundred year old blind Bulgarian man in a first novel that announces the arrival of an exhilarating new voice in

The Historian

The HistorianTo you, perceptive reader, I bequeath my history.Late one night, exploring her father s library, a young woman finds an ancient book and a cache of yellowing letters The letters are all addressed to My dear and unfortunate successor, and they plunge her into a world she never dreamed of, a lab