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  • 18% Gray

    by Zachary Karabashliev $15.95
    Fiction from Open Letter Books
    Translated from Bulgarian

    Zach’s journey unleashes a series of erratic, hilarious, and life-threatening events interspersed with flashbacks to his relationship with Stella. The story shifts from present day California to Eastern Europe in the late eighties, flows briefly through France, and climaxes in a penthouse above Manhattan. A suspenseful, darkly funny love story.

  • A Short Tale of Shame

    by Angel Igov $13.95
    Fiction from Open Letter Books
    Translated from Bulgarian

    After deciding to take a semester off their studies to think about future plans, long-time friends Maya, Sirma, and Spartacus decide to hitchhike to the sea. Boril Krustev, former rock star and middle-aged widower who is driving aimlessly to outrun his grief, picks them up and accompanies them on their journey. It doesn’t take them long to figure out they’re connected to each other by more than their need to travel—specifically through Boril’s daughter, whose actions damaged each of the characters in this novel.

  • Everything Happens as It Does

    by Albena Stambolova $12.95
    Fiction from Open Letter Books
    Translated from Bulgarian

    Albena Stambolova’s idiosyncratic debut novel, Everything Happens as It Does, builds from the idea that, as the title suggests, everything happens exactly the way it must. In this case, the seven characters of the novel—from Boris, a young boy who is only at peace when he’s around bees, to Philip and Maria and their twins—each play a specific role in the lives of the others, binding them all together into a strange, yet logical, knot.

  • Party Headquarters

    by Georgi Tenev $12.95
    Fiction from Open Letter Books
    Translated from Bulgarian

    Party Headquarters takes place in the ’80s and ’90s, during Bulgaria’s transition from communist rule to democracy. The book—which is a love story, a parody, and a thriller about a political hoax—opens with the main character visiting his father-in-law, an old communist party boss who is dying, and being tasked with delivering a suitcase filled with one-and-a-half million euros.

  • The Physics of Sorrow

    by Georgi Gospodinov $14.95
    Fiction from Open Letter Books
    Translated from Bulgarian

    Using the myth of the Minotaur as its organizing image, the narrator of Gospodinov’s long-awaited novel constructs a labyrinth of stories about his family, jumping from era to era and viewpoint to viewpoint, exploring the mindset and trappings of Eastern Europeans.

  • Thrown into Nature

    by Milen Ruskov $15.95
    Fiction from Open Letter Books
    Translated from Bulgarian

    A humorous picaresque set in sixteenth-century Spain, Thrown into Nature tells the story of Dr. Nicolás Monardes, whose medical treatise “Of the Tabaco and His Great Vertues” was partially responsible for introducing tobacco to Europe. His Portuguese assistant, Da Silva, narrates the absurd adventures of the wealthy and influential Dr. Monardes, who steadfastly believed that tobacco—whether the leaves were made into a poultice, the smoke was piped into the anus, or through some other bizarre application—was an infallible cure for every physical, and mental, ailment known to man. He even uses clouds of “cigarella” smoke to chase a poltergeist from a church.

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