Natural Novel

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Dalkey Archive Press, 2005 - Fiction - 136 pages

Resembling the complex and fragmented way a fly's eye works, Natural Novel contains a myriad of storylines, reflections, and digressions, including a history of toilets and the graffiti found there, a meditation on the relationship between bees and language, and an attempt to write a book using only verbs.

Incredibly funny at times, this novel is driven by the narrator's need to come to terms with his dissolving marriage and his wife's infidelity with their close friend. Gospodinov's first novel is both broad in scope and intensely personal, illustrating the impossibility of presenting life truthfully.

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A brief, witty, experimental debut novel about the sorrowful fragmented musings of a newly divorced man—originally published in 1999 in Bulgarian.The hapless first-person narrator, who functions as ... Read full review

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Natural Novel is piece of meta-fiction, which attempts to chronicle then attempt of an editor (called Georgi Gospodinov) to make sense of a manuscript (written by a homeless man called Georgi ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Georgi Gospodinov was born in Bulgaria in 1968. In addition to Natural Novel, he is the author of two collections of poetry and one book of short stories. He is also the editor-in-chief of a weekly literary magazine published in Bulgaria and a professor at the New Bulgarian University. He lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Zornitsa Hristova is a translator of Bulgarian literature, including Georgi Gospodinov's Natural Novel.

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