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Small, Dirty and Sad

Small, Dirty and Sad

Author: Bistra Velichkova

ISBN: 978-954-320-473-1
Category: Novels and poetry
Cover: Paperback, Format: 12x20, Pages: 104

Price: 8.00 lv

Votes: 5

The voice of the young writer Bistra Velichkova is surprisingly harsh and mature. Her debut – a collection of short stories entitled “Small, Dirty and Sad”, explores the fate of the disintegrating and falling apart and away Bulgarian reality from the years following the fall of the Iron Curtain (a historical period known as “Prehod”). Most of the stories are written in first-person perspective. While guaranteeing a high level of authenticity in depicting the characters, this technique can easily turn into a double-edged sword in the hands of the inexperienced storyteller. It must be emphasized that Bistra skillfully and almost brilliantly handles this difficult challenge.

Bistra Velichkova does not pursue literary effects for their own sake; she is not trying to awe the reader and her goal is not to be perceived as a “writer” at all costs. She approaches writing not as a stylist, but searches for its higher dimensions, becoming a chronicler of human pain and happiness. In her stories she undisputedly revives one of the most essential and noblest goals of literature – to testify for the triumph and fall of hopes by capturing and preserving full human destinies in the literary capsule of the story, so that the scent of flowers and the smell of blood, one's laughter and one's tears are as real, frightful and intense now as well as after a hundred years.

Deyan Enev

Review of "Small, Dirty and Sad" by Georgi Grancharov, "Bibliotekata"

Interview with Bistra Velichkova about the book "Small, Dirty and Sad", BNR (12.12.2014)

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