List: Books Set in Bulgaria

Bulgaria and US flagsThis week the Library added nearly 50 books in Bulgarian to our shelves, establishing it as the 15th language represented in our adult World Language collections. If you are curious about Bulgaria but are limited to reading in English, choose one of these to learn about the past, present, and imagination of this inspiring nation.

 

Making of June book coverThe Making of June
by Annie Ward
Leaving her idyllic home in California to follow her husband to Bulgaria, production assistant June finds herself abandoned in a country on the verge of civil war.
Shadow Land book coverThe Shadow Land
by Elizabeth Kostova
Twentysomething Alexandra heads to Bulgaria to teach English and attempt to escape the pain of losing a family member. She ends up searching for a family when she realizes she accidentally kept one of their bags after helping them on her first day in the country.
Street Without a Name book coverStreet Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria
by Kapka Kassabova
Recalling her childhood in Bulgaria under Soviet rule and her family’s escape when the Berlin Wall came down, the author describes her return to see how her homeland has changed since it became a member of the European Union.

 

Solo book coverSolo
by Rana Dasgupta
A portrait of a century through the story of a hundred-year-old blind Bulgarian man by way of both life lived and life imagined. Denied his real passions, Ulrich instead dreams of what could have been, and we follow his fantasy children, born of communism but making their way into a post-communist world of celebrity and violence.
Baba Yaga Laid an Egg book coverBaba Yaga Laid an Egg
by Dubravka Ugresic
Stories connected to the myth Baba Yaga describe a writer’s journey to Bulgaria to find peace with her mother’s fading memory, the true reason behind three friends’ trip to a resort, and a folklorist’s explanation of the myth.
Elusive Mrs Pollifax book coverThe Elusive Mrs. Pollifax
by Dorothy Gilman
On a simple courier assignment to deliver eight forged passports to a mysterious underground in communist Bulgaria, lovable CIA agent Mrs. Pollifax ends up putting a dictatorial general in prison, corrupting the agency’s last Bulgarian contact, and even storming the equivalent of a Bulgarian bastille to rescue a supposedly dead American. (Kirkus)