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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.
  • 1
    Tzvetan Todorov

    Tzvetan Todorov

    Théories du symbole, La Conquista de America

    BirthplaceSofia, Bulgaria


    NationalityFrance, Bulgaria

    Tzvetan Todorov is a Bulgarian-French historian, philosopher, literary critic, sociologist and... more on Wikipedia
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    Julia Kristeva

    Julia Kristeva

    Colette, Le texte du roman

    BirthplaceSliven, Bulgaria


    NationalityFrance, Bulgaria

    Julia Kristeva (French: [kʁisteva]; Bulgarian: Юлия Кръстева; born 24 June 1941) is a ... more on Wikipedia
  • 3

    Blaga Dimitrova

    Izbrani stikhotvorenii͡a︡, Stikhove

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Bulgaria, Byala Slatina



    Blaga Nikolova Dimitrova (Bulgarian: Блага Димитрова) (2 January 1922 – 2 May 2003) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Elias Canetti

    Elias Canetti

    The Voices of Marrakesh, The Torch in My Ear

    BirthplaceRuse, Bulgaria, Severen tsentralen, Bulgaria


    NationalitySwitzerland, Austria, United Kingdom, Bulgaria

    Elias Canetti (; Bulgarian: Елиас Канети; 25 July 1905 – 14 August 1994) was a German-language... more on Wikipedia

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    #526 of 1,172 The Best Writers of All Time#2064 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

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    Michael Bar-Zohar

    Michael Bar-Zohar

    Be-yom naḳam, Suez: ultra-secret

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria



    Michael Bar-Zohar (Hebrew: מיכאל בר-זהר‎, born 30 January 1938) is an Israeli historian,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Ivan Vazov

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Christo is an artist.
  • 8
    Elin Pelin

    Elin Pelin

    Earth, Short stories




    Elin Pelin (Bulgarian: Елин Пелин) (8 July 1877 – 3 December 1949), born Dimitar Ivanov... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Ilija Trojanow

    Ilija Trojanow

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

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria


    NationalityBulgaria, Germany

    Ilija Trojanow (Bulgarian: Илия Троянов, also transliterated as Ilya Troyanov; born 23 August... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Aleko Konstantinov

    Aleko Konstantinov

    To Chicago and Back, Bay Ganyo

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Severen tsentralen, Veliko Tarnovo Province, Bulgaria, Svishtov



    Aleko Konstantinov (Bulgarian: Алеко Константинов) (1 January 1863 – 11 May 1897) (NS: 13... more on Wikipedia
  • 11

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Montana, Bulgaria, Montana Province



    Yordan Radichkov (Bulgarian: Йордан Радичков; 24 October 1929 – 21 January 2004) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Milena Ivanova

    Milena Ivanova


    BirthplaceEastern Europe, Southeast Europe, Europe, Eurasia, Bulgaria

    NationalitySpain, Bulgaria

  • 13
    Grigor Vachkov
    Grigor Vachkov, often called Grishata (Bulgarian: Григор Вачков - Гришата; 26 May 1932 – 18... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Elisaveta Bagriana

    The Eternal and the Holy, Penelope of the twentieth century

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Sofia, Bulgaria



    Elisaveta Bagryana (Bulgarian: Елисавета Багряна) (16 April, 1893 – 23 March, 1991), born... more on Wikipedia
  • 15

    Anjel Vagenstein

    Isaac's Torah, Farewell

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Plovdiv, Europe, Northern Thrace, Plovdiv Province



    Angel Raymond Wagenstein (Bulgarian: Анжел Раймонд Вагенщайн) (born 17 October 1922) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Nikolay Haytov
    Nikolay Haytov (Bulgarian: Николай Хайтов), or Nikolai Haitov (15 September 1919 – 30 June... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Jules Pascin

    Jules Pascin

    Jules Pascin's Caribbean sketchbook, Pascin: 110 drawings

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Vidin Province, Bulgaria, Vidin


    NationalityUnited States of America, Bulgaria

    Julius Mordecai Pincas (March 31, 1885 – June 5, 1930), known as Pascin (pronounced [pas.kin];... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Hristo Smirnenski

    Hristo Smirnenski

    Da bŭde den, Seçilmiş şiirler

    BirthplaceKilkis, Greece



    Hristo Smirnenski (Bulgarian: Христо Смирненски), born Hristo Izmirliev, (September 17, 1898,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Pencho Slaveykov

    Pencho Slaveykov

    German Poets, On the Island of the Blessed

    BirthplaceSoutheast Europe, Severen tsentralen, Tryavna, Bulgaria, Gabrovo Province



    Pencho Petkov Slaveykov (Bulgarian: Пенчо Петков Славейков) (27 April 1866 O.S. – 10 June... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Dimcho Debelyanov

    Dimcho Debelyanov

    Death, Orphan Song

    BirthplaceKoprivshtitsa, Bulgaria



    Dimcho Debelyanov (Bulgarian: Димчо Дебелянов) (28 March 1887 – 2 October 1916) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Lazar Koliševski

    Lazar Koliševski

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

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


    NationalityBulgaria, Republic of Macedonia

    Lazar Koliševski (Macedonian: Лазар Колишевски [ˈlazar kɔˈliʃɛfski] (listen); 12 February 1914... more on Wikipedia
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    Lyuben Dilov (Любен Дилов, 1927, Cherven Bryag - 10 June 2008, Sofia), also known as Luben... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Konstantin Pavlov

    Konstantin Pavlov (Bulgarian: Константин Павлов) (April 2, 1933 – September 28, 2008) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Venko Markovski

    Venko Markovski

    Goli Otok

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, Yugoslavia, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia



    Venko Markovski (Bulgarian and Macedonian: Венко Марковски), born Veniamin Milanov Toshev... more on Wikipedia
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    Georgi Pirinski, Jr.

    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... more on Wikipedia