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List of famous writers from Bulgaria, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Bulgaria is home to many prolific writers, including those who write fiction, non-fiction, poetry, biographies and more. These are some of the best Bulgarian writers that have ever lived, so if you're a native of Bulgaria and an aspiring writer then use this list as inspiration to achieve your own writing goals.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different writers, including Adela Peeva and Julia Kristeva.

This list answers the questions, "Who are popular Bulgarian writers?" and "Which writers are from Bulgaria?"

You can click on the names of these renowned writers of Bulgaria in order to get more information about each one. Some of these historic writers may no longer be living in Bulgaria, but they're all of Bulgaria descent.

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Elias Canetti is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 89 (1905-1994) Elias Canetti was a German language author, born in Bulgaria, and later a British citizen. He was a modernist novelist, playwright, memoirist, and non-fiction writer. He won the Nobel Prize in ...more

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Julia Kristeva is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 77 Julia Kristeva is a Bulgarian-French philosopher, literary critic, psychoanalyst, sociologist, feminist, and, most recently, novelist, who has lived in France since the mid-1960s. She is now a ...more

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Tzvetan Todorov is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Tzvetan Todorov age 79 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 ...more

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Theodore Ushev is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 50 Theodore Ushev is a film director.

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Michael Bar-Zohar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 80 Michael Bar-Zohar is an Israeli historian, novelist and politician. He was a member of the Knesset on behalf of the Alignment and Labor Party in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Blaga Dimitrova is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Blaga Dimitrova Died at 81 (1922-2003) Blaga Nikolova Dimitrova was a Bulgarian poet and Vice President of Bulgaria from 1992 until 1993.

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Rangel Vulchanov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 85 (1928-2013) Rangel Valchanov was a Bulgarian cinema actor and director. He finished theater directing at the Krastyo Sarafov National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in 1953. He started working as an ...more

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Andrey Slabakov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 58 Andrey Slabakov is an actor, film director and a screenwriter.

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Azis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Azis age 40 Azis is a Bulgarian Chalga singer, of Bulgarian Roma descent. He is known for his unusual gender expression and his flamboyant persona. Azis has collaborated with other Bulgarian pop-folk ...more

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Dimitré Dinev is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 50 Dimitré Dinev is a Bulgarian born Austrian writer. He is best known for his play Kozha i nebe, which controversially won the Askeer prize in 2007.

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Donyo Donev is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 78 (1929-2007) Donyo Donev was a Bulgarian animator, director, art director and cartoonist. He is best known as the "father of The Three Fools" – an animated humorous sequence whose short episodes ...more

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Valeri Petrov is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 94 (1920-2014) Valeri Petrov, was a popular Bulgarian poet, screenplay writer, playwright and translator of paternal Jewish origin.

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Milena Ivanova is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria

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Ilija Trojanow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Ilija Trojanow age 53 Ilija Trojanow, is a Bulgarian-German writer, translator and publisher.

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Rousy Chanev is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 73 Rousy Chanev is a Bulgarian actor. He has appeared in 30 films since 1966. He starred in the 1977 film Advantage, which was entered into the 28th Berlin International Film Festival where it won ...more

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Anjel Vagenstein is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 96 Angel Raymond Wagenstein is a Bulgarian film director and author. Wagenstein was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, but spent his childhood in France where his Jewish family emigrated for political ...more

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Ilian Metev is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Ilian Metev age 37 Ilian Metev is a film director, film producer and cinematographer.

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Christo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 74 (1935-2009) Christo is an artist.

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Grigor Vachkov is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 48 (1932-1980) Grigor Vachkov, often called Grishata was a Bulgarian theater and film actor, honored with the award of "People's actor" in the People's Republic of Bulgaria. He had more than 41 ...more

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Adela Peeva is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Adela Peeva age 71 Adela Peeva is a film director, screenwriter and film producer.

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Andrey Paounov is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Andrey Paounov age 44 Andrey Paounov is a writer-director best known for his documentary feature films. His debut Georgi and the Butterflies won the "Silver Wolf" at the International Documentary Film ...more

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Ivan Vazov is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 71 (1850-1921) Ivan Minchov Vazov was a Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright, often referred to as "the Patriarch of Bulgarian literature". He was born in Sopot, a town in the Rose Valley of ...more

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Yordan Radichkov is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 75 (1929-2004) Yordan Radichkov was a Bulgarian writer and playwright. Literary critics Adelina Angusheva and Galin Tihanov called him "arguably the most significant voice of Bulgarian literature in the ...more

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Ivaylo Simidchiev is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Ivaylo Simidchiev age 48 Ivaylo P. Simidchiev is a multi-award winning film Director, writer and producer from Bulgaria. His short film “Mud” won 8 international awards and was shown at numerous film festivals around ...more

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Kamen Kalev is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Kamen Kalev age 43 Kamen Kalev is a Bulgarian film director and screenwriter. Kalev came to prominence in 2009 with the film Eastern Plays, earning him numerous international film awards as director and ...more

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Iglika Triffonova is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 61 Iglika Triffonova is a film director, screenwriter and an actress.

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Dragomir Sholev is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Dragomir Sholev age 41 Dragomir Sholev is a film director, screenwriter and actor.

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Nadejda Koseva is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 44 Nadejda Koseva is a film director, producer and screenwriter.

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Nikolay Haytov is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 83 (1919-2002) Nikolay Haytov was a Bulgarian fiction writer, playwright, patriot and publicist known for his publications and research regarding the life of Bulgarian revolutioner Vasil Levski.

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Ivan Bogdanov is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Ivan Bogdanov age 89 Ivan Bogdanov is a film director, film editor, film art director and screenwriter.

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Dimitar Mitovski is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Dimitar Mitovski age 54 Dimitar Mitovski is a television producer, film director, music video director, screenwriter and artist.

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Georgi Gospodinov is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 50 Georgi Gospodinov is a poet, writer and playwright, one of the most translated Bulgarian authors after 1989. He has four poetry books awarded with national literary prizes. First of them, ...more

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Lazar Koliševski is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Lazar Koliševski Died at 86 (1914-2000) Lazar Koliševski was a communist political leader in the Socialist Republic of Macedonia and briefly the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. He was closely allied with Tito.

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Elin Pelin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 72 (1877-1949) Elin Pelin, born Dimitar Ivanov Stoyanov is arguably considered Bulgaria’s best narrator of country life. Born into a large family in the village of Bailovo near Sofia, he loved writing and ...more

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Buryan Enchev is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Buryan Enchev age 94 Buryan Enchev is a screenwriter.

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Konstantin Pavlov is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Konstantin Pavlov Died at 75 (1933-2008) Konstantin Pavlov was a Bulgarian screenwriter, author and poet. Pavlov became a prominent intellectual during Burlgaria's Communist era, even though he faced censorship and a ten-year-long ...more

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Elisaveta Bagriana is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 98 (1893-1991) Elisaveta Bagryana, born Elisaveta Lyubomirova Belcheva, was a Bulgarian poet who wrote her first verses while living with her family in Veliko Tarnovo in 1907–08. She, along with Dora Gabe, is ...more

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Georgi Pirinski, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
age 70 Georgi Pirinski is a Bulgarian politician of the Bulgarian Communist Party and after 1990 of the Bulgarian Socialist Party. Born in New York City, U.S. in the emigrant family of Communist ...more

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Jules Pascin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Jules Pascin Died at 45 (1885-1930) Julius Mordecai Pincas, known as Pascin, Jules Pascin, or the "Prince of Montparnasse", was a painter born of Italian Serbian mother and Spanish Jewish father, in Principality of ...more

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Aleko Konstantinov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 34 (1863-1897) Aleko Konstantinov was a Bulgarian writer, best known for his character Bay Ganyo, one of the most popular characters in Bulgarian fiction.

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Elka Nikolova is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Elka Nikolova Elka Nikolova is a New York based Bulgarian film director. Born in Bulgaria, Nikolova moved to New York in 1994 where, in 2001, she completed a Master of Arts in Media Studies at New School ...more

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Chavdar Shinov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Chavdar Shinov age 77 Chavdar Shinov is a film writer.

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Nikola Vaptsarov is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 33 (1909-1942) Nikola Yonkov Vaptsarov was a Bulgarian poet, communist and revolutionary. Working most of his life as a machinist, he only wrote in his spare time. Despite the fact that he ever published only ...more

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Hristo Piskov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Hristo Piskov Died at 82 (1927-2009) Hristo Piskov was a film director and screenwriter.

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Venko Markovski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Venko Markovski Died at 73 (1915-1988) Venko Markovski, born Veniamin Milanov Toshev was a Bulgarian and Macedonian writer, poet, partisan and Communist politician.

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Nikolay Akimov is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Nikolay Akimov age 66 Nikolay Akimov is a screenwriter.

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Georgi Markov is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 49 (1929-1978) Georgi Ivanov Markov was a Bulgarian dissident writer. Markov originally worked as a novelist and playwright in his native country, then governed by a communist regime under chairman Todor ...more

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Georgi Pulevski is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 76 (1817-1893) Georgi Pulevski or Gjorgji Pulevski was a writer and revolutionary from Galičnik, today in the Republic of Macedonia, known today as the first author to express publicly the idea of a Macedonian ...more

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Pencho Slaveykov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 46 (1866-1912) Pencho Petkov Slaveykov was a noted Bulgarian poet and one of the participants in the Misal circle. He was the youngest son of the writer Petko Slaveykov. Born in Tryavna during the Bulgarian ...more

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Radoy Ralin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Writers from Bulgaria
Died at 81 (1923-2004) Radoy Ralin, born Dimitar Stoyanov, was a famous Bulgarian dissident, poet, and satirist. After the downfall of the communist regime, he was urged to run for Parliament, but adamantly refused. ...more