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The Sofia Municipal Council (SCC) proposes the award of the title "Honorary Citizen of Sofia" to Georgi Gospodinov – Bulgarian poet, writer, playwright and literary scholar, and the first Bulgarian to win the Booker Literary Prize for his novel "Vreme Zaslum". This is known from a report to the Sofia Municipal Council of Sofia Yordanka Fandakova Yordanka Asenova Fandakovawas born in Samokov. She completed her secondary education in 35th Russian school, Georgi Georgiev, Chairman of the Sofia Municipal Council, Malina Edreva, Chairman of the Committee on Culture at the Sofia Municipal Council, and Venera Milova, Secretary of Sofia Municipality.

Georgi Gospodinov is one of the most important European writers today, writes about him the Argentine writer and historian of reading Alberto Mangel. He entered literature with his poetry collections "Lapidarium" and "The Cherry of a People". He is internationally famous for his debut Natural Novel, published in 23 languages, the report's authors wrote in their reasoning.

The novel "The Physics of Sadness" (2012) won the Angelus Prize for Central European Literature (2019) and the Jan Michalski International Literary Prize (2016), awarded in Switzerland. The novel has appeared in 18 languages, including French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic. He was written about by publications such as The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Liberation.

"The real search for Georgi Gospodinov is how to live with sadness," the New Yorker wrote in a major article about the novel. "Devil's book. To read immediately...", exclaims the philosopher Jean Luc Nancy in "Liberation". According to Nobel laureate Olga Tokarczuk, this novel is an indisputable part of the modern European canon. Gospodinov is the author of the pieces "D.J. and The Apocalypse Comes at 6 P.M.", the libretto for the opera Space Opera (2015, Poznan, composer: Alexander Novak), the graphic novel "The Eternal Fly" (with the artist Nikola Toromanov). Four collections of short stories have also been published under his name, the first of which is "Other Stories" (2001) and the last is "All Our Bodies". "Short Stories" (2018). "Blind Vaysha", a short animation based on his story of the same name (dir. Teodor Ushev), is a finalist for the 2017 Oscars.

Gospodinov lives in different places where his books take him. In 2018, he was in New York City with the Kuhlman Center Writing Fellowship at the New York Public Library. And in 2019/2020 he is in Berlin at the invitation of Wissenschaftskolleg.

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His novel "Refuge Time" was published in April 2020 at the peak of quarantine and pandemic and took the top places in the rankings of the most sought-after books. English, German, French, Italian, etc. have been translated. Languages.

Gospodinov is the first Bulgarian writer to be nominated and won the most prestigious literary award for a separate book – "International Booker" 2023.

Georgi Gospodinov is the most translated and most awarded Bulgarian writer outside Bulgaria. As a public figure and as a writer, he has repeatedly responded to invitations from Sofia Municipality to participate in celebrations, literary meetings, discussions, meetings with students and other events. With his overall activity and with his outstanding contribution to the development of Bulgarian literature and its presentation abroad, Georgi Gospodinov supports and affirms the main principles and priorities of the cultural policy of Sofia Municipality.

Yordanka Fandakova

Sofia Municipal Council

Honorary Citizen

Georgi Gospodinov