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European award for Kalin Terzijski


Bulgarian poet, writer and scriptwriter, Kalin Terzijski is among the 12 winners of the European Union Prize for Literature, the Federation of European Publishers said in a press release.

The prize recognises the best new or emerging authors in the EU and is awarded at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the press release said. Terzijski wins the prize for his short story, titled Is There Anybody to Love You. Each winner gets 5,000 euro and the opportunity to have their work translated into other languages in order to reach a wider international audience.

Other winners are from the Czech Republic, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Malta, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Serbia, Turkey, United Kingdom. The EU Prize for Literature is organized by the European Commission, the European Bookseller's Federation, the European Writer's Council and the Federation of European Publishers. The competition is open to the 36 countries involved in the EU Culture Programme. The winners are nominated by jury representatives from 12 of the participating countries, which rotates every year, so that all countries in the programme are represented over a three year period.

This year's winners will be presented with their awards at a ceremony in Brussels on 28 November, in the presence of Commissioner Vassiliou and leading public figures from the worlds of literature, culture and politics.

Kalin Terzijski was born in 1970 in Sofia. He graduated from medicine at the Medical Institute in Sofia, and for four years worked as a psychiatrist in the second largest psychiatric hospital in Bulgaria, the ‘St. Ivan Rilski’. However, he says, “because young doctors were receiving very low wages, making it hard to live”, he started writing for newspapers and magazines. During this time, he wrote a series of stories and cutting-edge alternative texts for magazines.

At the beginning of 2000, he quit his job as a doctor and devoted his whole time to writing, working as a writer for television and radio, and writing collections of short stories between 2007-2010. He also took part in literary evenings and, in 2006, he became a member of the literary alternative club ‘Litertura dictatorship’. His brother, the writer Svetoslav Terziiski, is also a member of this club. Kalin is а very talented author in the field of new Bulgarian literature.

The book awarded is named “Ima li koj da vi obicha” (Is there anybody to love you) incorporates 16 short stories. It conveys the author’s knowledge of modern cities, containing a subtle sense of humour and depicting larger than life characters. The young author turns life into a new narrative reality, into a new writer’s philosophy. His stories relate to the mysteries of life in the urban space. But the big city in the book is not one we would know so well. It resembles a city in a fairy tale – filled with secrets and drama. It is a big city that offers very colourful theatrical decors, against the background of which deep and strange human drama develops. For example, the short story ‘Love’ is about the unacceptable love that a university teacher has towards her student – a pretty but unapproachable young man, who only looks unapproachable because everyone else thinks he is. The story unfolds in a microbiology lab where the teacher works. Out of despair, she decides to poison this young man. In the end, in a bizarre twist of fate, she finds out that he also loved her…

Another story, ‘Collector of Values’ is about a poor man who collects waste from the streets that only he, his eyes unburdened by social prejudice, can see the true riches of. He discovers a small bundle of discarded love letters, which become a real treasure to him. The short stories of Kalin Terzijski are an attempt at establishing a new tradition in Bulgarian prose: a tradition of humanistic and poetical urbanism.

The award-winning book is available in Sofia Books Online Bookstore: "Ima li koj da vi obicha"

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