Georgi Gospodinov

from Jan 1, 2019 – Jun 30, 2019

Georgi Gospodinov
  • Country: Bulgaria
  • Born: 1968
  • Latest publication:
    «The Story Smuggler» (Sylph 2017)
  • Awards:
    Jan Michalski Prize for Literature 2016

“The minute you start reading this text the sun might already be extinct. You just don't know it yet. You have 8 minutes and 19 seconds until the news of its death reaches you. This is how long it takes the light to travel from there to here. Then, it will get dark. Until now, 9 seconds have passed. What can you do?” From: “8 Minuten und 19 Sekunden”, translated from German by Pablo Assandri




Versatile work, multiple translations

Georgi Gospodinov was born in Jambol, Bulgaria in 1968. He studied Bulgarian Philology in Sofia, was the editor of a literary magazine, worked as a columnist at the daily newspaper Dnevnik, and is now at the Institute for Literature of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. His work includes poetry, short stories, novels, essays, plays, screenplays, opera librettos as well as graphic novels and was translated into more than 20 languages. After receiving several awards for his first two poetry collections, it was his book “Natural Novel” (1999) that garned international attention. Critics equally praised his second novel “Physics of Sorrow” (2012). In 2016 he received the renowned Swiss Jan Michalski Prize for Literature.