site.btaPublishers of Georgi Gospodinov: In All its History, Bulgarian Literature Has Never Received Such International Recognition
In its entire history, since the time of Simeon the Great, Bulgarian literature has never received such international recognition, said Manol Peykov from "Janet 45" - the Bulgarian publishers of Georgi Gospodinov's book "Time Shelter", which won the International Booker Prize on Tuesday.
"This is probably the most prestigious contemporary world prize, apart from the Nobel, which is however given for a complete body of work. That is, there is no greater prize in the world of literature for a book," Peykov said. According to him, the recognition for "Time Shelter" paves the way of Bulgarian literature abroad, creating curiosity and interest.
He adds that "Time Shelter" is special because of the topics it discusses, which have become current in the last two or three years. Peykov considers the book prophetic. "I remember how he and I were both discussing whether this was the time for the book to be released, because it came out right at the absolute peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, when all the bookstores were closed. He wasn't too sure himself and asked me if we should release it now. And I said to him, 'Yes, if this book has to come out at all, now is the time, because we have to give hope to the people, among other things" he added.
Peykov commented that Bulgaria still does not have an institution to promote and support Bulgarian literature around the world and that, in case such a body is created, it should be separate from the Ministry of Culture.