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Karastoyanov’s novel is set in Bulgaria in the 1920s, but also invokes the spirit of John Lennon, and brings to mind Dostoevsky’s Demons with its anarchists and assassins, lighthouses, zeppelins, and synthesis of modernist narrative techniques and Balkan storytelling.
—Berliner Zeitung

Novel, 310 pages, 2014


In June of 1923, a military coup established Aleksandar Tsankov as the new leader of Bulgaria. His fascist policies—especially aimed at the Bulgarian Communist Party—led to the failed September Uprising and an extended period of martial law. At that same time, Geo Milev—one of Bulgaria’s most beloved poets—started a politically charged literary magazine with Georgi Sheytanov, a notorious anarchist on the run. Eighteen months later, the government assassinated both of them, although Milev’s body wouldn’t be found for another thirty years. In this multilayered historical novel Hristo Karastoyanov deconstructs this period, blending this adventurous tale of resistance with current-day reflections on what this period meant to Bulgaria and the world. 

The Same Night Awaits Us All by Hristo Karastoyanov is a winner of the Helikon award, the Bulgarian Novel of the Year prize and was shortlisted at the Peroto National Award for Contemporary Bulgarian Prose. The novel went on to become one of the most celebrated Bulgarian books of 2014. The Same Night Awaits Us All also won the Pencho’s Oak award in 2014, as well as the Elias Canetti national literary award in 2015.

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