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Yordanka Beleva

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Yordanka Beleva is one of the most interesting new voices in Bulgarian prose—despite the fact that she began her literary career in late 1997 as a poet, sweeping all the major national literary contests and publishing two chapbooks of poetry. Her recent collection of short stories, The Sea Level of Love, confirms that she can successfully jump genres, transferring the best of her poetic talents to storytelling. Her stories are fragmented, spare, and spacious, leaving much more unsaid than said. As the poet and literary critic Silvia Choleva puts it: “Each one of her stories contains a novel in itself.” Many of her stories focus on female characters, written powerfully with only a few strokes – women from Bulgaria’s socialist past, grandmothers and granddaughters, as well as modern women grappling with love, sex and identity.

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