A Natural Novel
"How is the novel possible today, when tragedy is denied us?"
In this brilliant and darkly humorous new novel, Bulgarian author Gheorgi Gospodinov provides us with his response. The story begins with a young man’s divorce from his wife after she reveals that she is pregnant with another man’s child. From here a multitude of episodic events and digressions follow, ranging from a view of the world as seen through the eyes of a fly, to a comprehensive history of toilets. Interspersed throughout are poetic and incantatory meditations on life, death, and the existence of God.
Gheorgi Gospodinov : Georghi Gospodhinov, 33, is considered the enfant terrible of the new Bulgarian literature that has emerged since 1989, after the collapse of Communism there. He is a consulting poetry editor at Janet 45, a leading publishing house based in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city. He is also editor-in-chief of Vestnik Litteratounen, Sofia’s leading weekly literary journal. Known primarily as a poet, his collection of short stories And Other Stories, published last year, was a bestseller. Un roman naturel, his first full-length novel, was also a bestseller, and has been translated into several different languages. It is currently being adapted to the screen.