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Famous Authors from Bulgaria

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List of the most popular authors from Bulgaria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. For centuries authors have been among the world's most important people, helping chronicle history and keep us entertained with one of the earliest forms of storytelling. Whether they're known for fiction, non-fiction, poetry or even technical writing, the famous Bulgarian authors on this list have kept that tradition alive by writing renowned works that have been praised around the world. You can find useful information below about these notable Bulgarian writers, such as when they were born and where their place of birth was.

This list is made up of authors like Emil Andreev and Ilija Trojanow.

This list answers the questions, "Which famous authors are from Bulgaria?" and "Who are the best Bulgarian authors?"

For further information on these historic Bulgarian authors, click on their names. If you're a bookworm then use this list of celebrated Bulgarian authors to discover some new books that you will enjoy reading.
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    Tzvetan Todorov

    Théories du symbole, La Conquista de America

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria


    Tzvetan Todorov is a Bulgarian-French historian, philosopher, literary critic, sociologist and essayist. He is the author of many books and essays, which have a significant influence in anthropology,...  more
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    Julia Kristeva

    Colette, Le texte du roman

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Northern Thrace, Sliven Province, Sliven, Bulgaria


    Julia Kristeva (French: [kʁisteva]; Bulgarian: Юлия Кръстева; born 24 June 1941) is a Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, semiotician, psychoanalyst, feminist, and, most recently,...  more
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    Blaga Dimitrova

    Izbrani stikhotvorenii͡a︡, Stikhove

    BirthplaceByala Slatina, Bulgaria


    Blaga Nikolova Dimitrova (Bulgarian: Блага Димитрова) (2 January 1922 – 2 May 2003) was a Bulgarian poet and Vice President of Bulgaria from 1992 until 1993....  more
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    Elias Canetti

    The Voices of Marrakesh, The Torch in My Ear

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Ruse Province, Severen tsentralen, Ruse, Bulgaria


    Elias Canetti (; Bulgarian: Елиас Канети; 25 July 1905 – 14 August 1994) was a German-language author, born in Ruse, Bulgaria to a merchant family. They moved to Manchester, England, but his father...  more
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    Michael Bar-Zohar

    Be-yom naḳam, Suez: ultra-secret

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria


    Michael Bar-Zohar (Hebrew: מיכאל בר-זהר‎, born 30 January 1938) is an Israeli historian, novelist and politician. He was a member of the Knesset on behalf of the Alignment and Labor Party in the...  more
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    Ivan Vazov

    Svetoslav Terter, Under the Yoke

    BirthplaceSopot, Yuzhen tsentralen, Bulgaria


    Ivan Minchov Vazov (Bulgarian: Иван Минчов Вазов) (June 27, 1850 OS – September 22, 1921) was a Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright, often referred to as "the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature"....  more
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    Christo is an artist....  more
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    Elin Pelin

    Earth, Short stories



    Elin Pelin (Bulgarian: Елин Пелин) (8 July 1877 – 3 December 1949), born Dimitar Ivanov Stoyanov (Bulgarian: Димитър Иванов Стоянов) is arguably considered Bulgaria’s best narrator of country life....  more
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    Ilija Trojanow

    Der Sadhu an der Teufelswand, Die Welt ist gross und Rettung lauert überall

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria


    Ilija Trojanow (Bulgarian: Илия Троянов, also transliterated as Ilya Troyanov; born 23 August 1965 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian–German writer, translator and publisher. ...  more
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    Aleko Konstantinov

    To Chicago and Back, Bay Ganyo

    BirthplaceSvishtov, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria


    Aleko Konstantinov (Bulgarian: Алеко Константинов) (1 January 1863 – 11 May 1897) (NS: 13 January 1863 – 23 May 1897) was a Bulgarian writer, best known for his character Bay Ganyo, one of the most...  more
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    BirthplaceMontana, Bulgaria


    Yordan Radichkov (Bulgarian: Йордан Радичков; 24 October 1929 – 21 January 2004) was a Bulgarian writer and playwright. Literary critics Adelina Angusheva and Galin Tihanov called him "arguably the...  more
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    Milena Ivanova



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    Grigor Vachkov, often called Grishata (Bulgarian: Григор Вачков - Гришата; 26 May 1932 – 18 March 1980) was a Bulgarian theater and film actor, honored with the award of "People's actor" in the...  more
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    Elisaveta Bagriana

    The Eternal and the Holy, Penelope of the twentieth century

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria


    Elisaveta Bagryana (Bulgarian: Елисавета Багряна) (16 April, 1893 – 23 March, 1991), born Elisaveta Lyubomirova Belcheva (Bulgarian: Елисавета Любомирова Белчева), was a Bulgarian poet who wrote her...  more
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    Anjel Vagenstein

    Isaac's Torah, Farewell

    BirthplacePlovdiv, Yuzhen tsentralen, Bulgaria


    Angel Raymond Wagenstein (Bulgarian: Анжел Раймонд Вагенщайн) (born 17 October 1922) is a Bulgarian film director and author. Wagenstein was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, but spent his childhood in...  more
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    Nikolay Haytov (Bulgarian: Николай Хайтов), or Nikolai Haitov (15 September 1919 – 30 June 2002) was a Bulgarian fiction writer, playwright, patriot and publicist known for his publications and...  more
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    Jules Pascin

    Jules Pascin's Caribbean sketchbook, Pascin: 110 drawings

    BirthplaceVidin, Bulgaria


    Julius Mordecai Pincas (March 31, 1885 – June 5, 1930), known as Pascin (pronounced [pas.kin]; erroneously French: [pas.kɛ̃] or [pa.sɛ̃]), Jules Pascin, or the "Prince of Montparnasse", was a...  more
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    Hristo Smirnenski

    Da bŭde den, Seçilmiş şiirler

    BirthplaceKilkis, Greece


    Hristo Smirnenski (Bulgarian: Христо Смирненски), born Hristo Izmirliev, (September 17, 1898, OS - June 18, 1923) was a Bulgarian poet and prose writer who joined the Bulgarian Communist Party and...  more
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    Pencho Slaveykov

    German Poets, On the Island of the Blessed

    BirthplaceTryavna, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria


    Pencho Petkov Slaveykov (Bulgarian: Пенчо Петков Славейков) (27 April 1866 O.S. – 10 June 1912 (O.S. 28 May 1912)) was a noted Bulgarian poet and one of the participants in the Misal ("Thought")...  more
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    Dimcho Debelyanov

    Death, Orphan Song

    BirthplaceKoprivshtitsa, Bulgaria


    Dimcho Debelyanov (Bulgarian: Димчо Дебелянов) (28 March 1887 – 2 October 1916) was a Bulgarian poet and author. Born to a prosperous tailoring family in Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria, Debelyanov...  more
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    Lazar Koliševski

    Social and political development in the People's Republic of Macedonia

    BirthplaceSveti Nikole, Eurasia, Sveti Nikole Municipality, Republic of Macedonia


    Lazar Koliševski (Macedonian: Лазар Колишевски [ˈlazar kɔˈliʃɛfski] (listen); 12 February 1914 – 6 July 2000) was a Yugoslav communist political leader in the Socialist Republic of Macedonia and...  more
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    Lyuben Dilov (Любен Дилов, 1927, Cherven Bryag - 10 June 2008, Sofia), also known as Luben Dilov and Ljuben Dilov and Liuben Dilov was a leading Bulgarian science-fiction writer. He is not to be...  more
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    Konstantin Pavlov

    Konstantin Pavlov (Bulgarian: Константин Павлов) (April 2, 1933 – September 28, 2008) was a Bulgarian screenwriter, author and poet. Pavlov became a prominent intellectual during Burlgaria's...  more
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    Venko Markovski

    Goli Otok

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Yugoslavia, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia


    Venko Markovski (Bulgarian and Macedonian: Венко Марковски), born Veniamin Milanov Toshev (March 5, 1915 in Skopje – January 7, 1988 in Sofia) was a Bulgarian and Macedonian writer, poet, partisan...  more
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    Georgi Pirinski, Jr.

    For a free Macedonia, Around the world for peace

    BirthplaceNew York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America


    Georgi Pirinski (Bulgarian: Георги Пирински) (born 10 September 1948) is a Bulgarian politician of the Bulgarian Communist Party and after 1990 of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP)....  more