Sofia Literary Agency

Sofia Literary Agency represents Bulgarian authors and titles in the field of literary fiction, poetry and children’s books.

What Yordanka Beleva does on just a few pages is amazing! Poetically charged, highly condensed prose that has no equal in Bulgarian literature in my opinion.
– Thomas Hübner,

Short Stories, 90 pages, 2022


This collection comprises 18 short stories as on the surface the narratives are deceptively straightforward: mostly female narrators are recollecting a memory of a great grandmother, a lost love, a deceased husband, a childhood event. Beleva is a master of language as she focuses on individual words, even letters and elevates them from their day-to-day use. Many of the stories deal quite literally and directly with words, with the power and importance of words: missed or misspelled, accurate or wrong words. These stories are deeply rooted in tradition, yet with the universal theme of love: for a child, for a dog, for a teacher, for those who existed in our periphery. The author often leaves much more unsaid and in doing so she opens spaces for the reader to plant something of their own. The title received the Yordan Radichkov national short story award in 2022.
Yana Ellis

cover design by IVO RAFAILOV

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