Posts Tagged: bulgaria

Recollections of Home


The woman looked at me when she finished reading, smiling, expecting me to compliment her English. But I couldn’t speak, moved beyond words by a sense of homecoming in this place so far from home.

Over at Travel + Leisure, writer Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You, recalls a fortuitous meeting with an elderly woman during his travels to Bulgaria.


Penkov, Miroslav  (c) Bart Michiels

The Rumpus Interview with Miroslav Penkov


Miroslav Penkov discusses his debut novel, Stork Mountain, Balkan history, and the difficulties and rewards of being a bilingual writer. ...more


The Rumpus Interview with Garth Greenwell


Garth Greenwell discusses his debut novel, What Belongs to You, crossing boundaries, language as defense, and the queer tradition of novel writing that blurs boundaries between fiction and essay and autobiography. ...more

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Round Trip


There was so much love in his body, and though he lost his shape, lost so much weight, near the end of his life, he still cried when he watched the Bulgarian Olympians march down the Athens stadium, cried when Bulgarian music came on the international radio. ...more