Pale and Other Postmodern Bulgarian Stories

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Vox Humana Books, Mar 15, 2010 - 172 pages
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Pale and Other Postmodern Bulgarian Stories is profoundly moving, revealing with fine touches the sentiments and impressions which are a priori little palpable: the flow of time and its influence on strong and rough characters; sex, lies, loss of illusions; the transmission of essential values from generation to generation, disloyalty both to one's country and to one's family; love of mother for son, sacrifice; betrayal as opposed to unity and love in the family and community; loyalty to a cause forcing man to live on and survive despite vicissitudes of life; the supreme mystery of death and the strength to go on living being human in spite of evil. Above all the book is all pervasive, showing the power of music. A bitter-sweet book, terribly funny at places and deeply sad at others. Two of the shorts stories have attracted the attention of the film makers in Bulgaria, "Blood of a Mole" and "Vassil," and another story, "The Twins," has been transformed into a successful theatrical piece.
 

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Contents

PALE
1
THE CLARINET
19
MY HUSBAND THE SHOEMAKER
38
NIKOLA AND THE CROCUSES
56
PANKO
73
THE OLD CAR
87
THE VAN
107
VASSIL
124
COLLECTIONS
143
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