"Georgi Gospodinov desires to blow your mind—or perhaps simply give you the final toilet reader. . . . The formal playfulness indicates Kundera with A.D.D. and potty jokes."—Ed Park, The Village Voice
A finalist for either the Strega Europeo and Gregor von Rezzori awards (and winner of each Bulgarian honor possible), The Physics of Sorrow reaffirms Georgi Gospodinov's position as certainly one of Europe's such a lot creative and bold writers.
Using the parable of the Minotaur as its organizing photo, the narrator of Gospodinov's long-awaited novel constructs a labyrinth of news approximately his family members, leaping from period to period and perspective to point of view, exploring the approach and trappings of jap Europeans. awfully moving—such as with the tale of his grandfather unintentionally being left at the back of at a mill—and terribly funny—see the part at the awfulness of the query "how are you?"—Physics is a booklet that you should inhabit, tracing connections, following the narrator down quite a few "side passages," getting pleasantly misplaced within the numerous tales and empathizing with the unhappy, misunderstood Minotaur on the middle of it all.
The Physics of Sorrow will attract enthusiasts of Dave Eggers, Tom McCarthy, and Dubravka Ugresic for its specific constitution, humanitarian matters, and lovely storytelling.
Georgi Gospodinov's Natural Novel was once released by way of Dalkey Archive Press in 2005 and used to be praised by way of the New Yorker, New York Times, and several prestigious evaluation outlets.
Angela Rodel received a PEN Translation Fund furnish in 2010 for Georgi Tenev's brief tale assortment. She is without doubt one of the so much prolific translators of Bulgarian literature operating at the present time and obtained an NEA Fellowship for her translation of Gospodinov's The Physics of Sorrow.
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