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April 5th 2024

Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art

The main program of Literary Talks Spring 2024 awaits us on 5 and 6 April at Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art and Toplocentrala Centre for Contemporary Arts. 'Growing' fits as a thematic core in the whole agenda of events in the Spring. It is explored in various ways - from going through difficult teenage years, through complex (scarring or traumatic) child-parent relationships to discovering inner motivation and a driving force for change. In this way, the talks with the authors, the discussion, the reading, and the performance that will take place over three days are linked into a common narrative.

Free entrance

Literary Talks Spring 2024 is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sofia Municipality, Culture Programme. Goran Vojnović's visit is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Sofia, Slovenian Book Agency and Beletrina.

Literary Talks is organized by the Reading Sofia Foundation. They are held with the partnership of the National Gallery: Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art), and the ICU Publishing House.

6:00 p.m. - Semi-transparent matter. Performance on poems by Maria Caro
The evening will begin with the theather performance 'Semi-transparent matter' on poems by Maria Caro, directed by Valeria Valcheva.
7:00 p.m. - Conversation with the writers Andreea Răsuceanu, Romania and Teodora Dimova, Bulgaria
The program continues with a conversation of great literary weight as we will meet the literary worlds of two remarkable women writers. Romanian translator and lecturer Lora Nenkovska will talk to some of the most powerful contemporary literary voices in Romania and Bulgaria - the writers Andrea Rasucanu and Teodora Dimova.

Andrea Rasucanu is a Romanian writer, literary critic, and editor. Her novel 'Vântul, duhul, suflarea' (The Wind, the Spirit, the Breath) was awarded the Romanian Writers' Union Prize for Fiction, the Romanian Academy of Science Prize for Fiction, she was nominated for the Sofia Nadezhde Prize, the National Prize for Fiction Ziarul de Iași, etc. The novel has been shortlisted for the European Prize for Literature in 2022. Her first novel, 'O formă de viață necunoscută' (The Unknown Form of Life), also won a lot of awards and readers' attention. She has published short stories in various collections, as well as several monographs in the field of literary geography and geocriticism, with Bucharest and its literary history often the focus of her interests. Her books are large-scale triptychs in which she domesticates history, spontaneity, nature, and geographical spaces, arranging them in story maps of human destinies. Her power to work plastically with images, her extremely rich language, and her baroque writing style make her novels one of the most interesting literary phenomena in Romanian literature in recent years.

Teodora Dimova is among the most well-known and read Bulgarian writers. She is the author of seven novels, nine plays performed in her homeland and abroad, and several books of essays. In 2007, the book 'The Mothers' won the Grand Prize for Eastern European Literature of Bank Austria and KulturKontakt. The book has 11 editions in Bulgaria and has been published in 9 languages. The novel 'Adriana' has been translated into French and Czech, and was made into the film 'I Am You'. In 2010 the book 'Marma, Mariam' won the National Prize Hristo G. Danov for Bulgarian Fiction. In 2019, Teodora Dimova became the winner of the Hristo G. Danov Prize for Lifetime Contribution to Bulgarian Literature. In the same year, her novel 'The Defeated' ("Поразените") was published, which later became the Novel of the Year of the National Fund '13 Centuries Bulgaria', and won the Peroto Fiction Prize and the Helikon Flower for best-selling book. In 2022, 'The Defeated' received the newly established French literary prize Fragonard. In 2023 Teodora Dimova became the winner of the Grand Prize for Literature of Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski'.
8:30 p.m. - Literary reading
The event will end with a special literary reading with sharing elements, in which will participate the poets Ina Ivanova, Violeta Kuneva, Vladislav Hristov, Anna Lazarova, Ivan Bregov, and Hristo Muhtanov. The reading will be led by Nadezda Moskovska.