Strange, but true: after a marked exception in the late 19th century (precisely because of its separate significance, this period will be excluded from our field of view here) and despite a powerful re-activation after the 1990s (which will be a particular object of our interest), relations with the US have not been among the most determinative for Bulgarian literature and culture.
Some of the reasons for this are clear: geopolitical and ideological constellations during the 20th century, geographical distance and perhaps an even greater distance within the sphere of national character…
Form 10 to 12 of April in Ohrid (Macedonia) took place the first Bulgarian-Macedonian Scientific Seminar "European values in the works of Bulgarian and Macedonian literary artists of the twentieth century", realized within the joint project of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Macedonian Academy of Arts and Sciences. Project leaders are Assoc. Prof Dr. Alexander Yordanov from the Institute for Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and Acad. Milan Gurchinov from MANU.
On March 31st, in the "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" National Library lobby was presented the new book of short stories by Plamen Antov - "Margins of Delay", issued by "Janet" 45 Publishing house. Prof. Boryana Hristova, Director of the National Library opened the presentation: "As the title indicates, this book should be considered slowly. It somewhat opposes the 'rapid' literature - this is a very slow prose, so slow that even its own appearance is such a dramatic act, which it would prefer to save."
On December 16th, 2013, in the Conference Hall of the National Library "St. St. Cyril and Methodius" the "Poles of Critical Destiny" - part 3 Jubilee conference was held. It was dedicated to the anniversary of Vladimir Vasilev’s birth (130 years), Malcho Nikolov’s birth (130 years) and Krustio Kuyumdjiev’s birth (80 years). Prof. Boryana Hristova, Director of the National Library, opened the conference and expressed her firm belief that the National Library was the place where the memory of the greatest Bulgarian artists and literary critics was kept alive. The morning session was devoted to the work of the literary critic and publisher – the cultural strategist Vladimir Vasilev. In his report "The Genre Perfection of Vladimir Vasilev" Prof. Mihail Nedeltchev (NBU) read a statement, in which he expressed his outrage of the infamous denial of Vladimir Vasilev’s presence in our cultural life after 9th of September, the acts of humiliation, to which he was systematically subjected.
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- Institute for Literature Day
- National Conference "Our Modernism (Bulgarian Literary Modernism: Authors, Issues, Concepts)"
- National Celebration of the 135th Anniversary of Acad. Mihail Arnaudov’s Birth
- The "Treasure of Words" Exhibition at Kiev National University "Taras Shevchenko"
- “Bulgaria: Treasure of Words”
- National Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of Holy Sofronii Bishop of Vratsa Assumption. Under the Patronage of Mrs. Margarita Popova, Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria