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Nevena Mitropolitska (1969) is a Bulgarian writer, researcher and librarian, author of three novels: Anna and the Mountain (2015), The Gift (2019) and Along the Tracks (2021).
She has degrees in Russian and English literature from Sofia University and in Library and Information Science from Université de Montréal. Since 2002, she has been living with her family in Montreal, Canada.
... Having lived in Bulgaria, Russia and Canada, Nevena is deeply interested in issues such as immigration and intercultural relations: topics that keep resurfacing in her works. As a teenager, Nevena visited the Auschwitz concentration camp – an event that shook her very foundations. That experience, coupled with the dramatic family history of a Jewish friend, served as an inspiration for her last novel, Along the Tracks, where historical and contemporary subplots intertwine.
348 pages, cover design by Lyuba Haleva
In Along the Tracks Nevena Mitropolitska masterfully intertwines three important
narrative lines. The first one is historical and it touches upon the cultural
dialogue between ethnic Bulgarians and Jews in pre-WW2 Bulgaria, focusing on
the saving of the Bulgarian Jews (and posing the essential questions: to what
degree were they really saved? Could it be that they merely survived?). The
second story line deals with the immigrant’s experience in present-day Canada.
The third is intimately connected to the second – and it examines the issue of
teenage bullying, based on differences in ethnicity and cultural background.
The novel was warmly received in Bulgaria and has serious potential to travel across borders.