Elena Alexieva

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Elena Alexieva (1975) writes poetry and fiction. Her first short story collection, Readers’ Group 31 (2005), won the prestigious Helikon Prize for modern Bulgarian Fiction.

Her works have appeared in periodical publications and anthologies in English, French, Polish, and Spanish. Her novel Who was published in Spain (2010), followed by The Knight, the Devil and Death in Serbia (2012) and The Nobel Laureate in France (Actes Sud, 2015) ...

Elena Alexieva is also the author of numerous plays. The Therapist was produced by the National Theatre in Sofia and won the Askeer National Award for modern Bulgarian drama (2013). Glass, produced by the Plovdiv Theatre and the National Theatre in Sofia, was the winner of the Award of the Society of Independent Theatre critics in Bulgaria (2014). Madame Mishima, produced as an independent project at Sofia Theatre, won the Ikar National Award for new Bulgarian drama (2015).

Her collected plays were published in two volumes, Angel Fire (2014) and Victims of Love (2015). The Fun Fair, a short story which appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Elena’s novel Saint Wolf (2018) is the winner of the National Novel of the Year Award (2019) and the Peroto national award for Modern Bulgarian Fiction (2019).

Her latest book is a collection of short stories, The Breaking of Samsara (2021, Yordan Radichkov national short story award and Peroto national award for Modern Bulgarian Fiction).

Elena Alexieva lives in Sofia where she works as a freelance interpreter and writer.

The Breaking of Samsara

184 pages, cover design by Lyuba Haleva.

From the standpoint of literature, death has always been an important and particularly challenging topic. The Breaking of Samsara is a collection that is immaculate in its conception and exquisite in its style. The stories differ in theme and texture, but never fail to surprise.

Elena Alexieva is without a doubt one of the most emblematic contemporary Bulgarian authors.

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