Available in paperback in the US June 2012 from Picador
A grandson tries to buy the corpse of Lenin on eBay for his
Communist grandfather. A failed wunderkind steals a golden cross
from an Orthodox church. A boy meets his cousin (the love of his
life) once every five years in the river that divides their village
into east and west. These are Miroslav Penkovís strange,
unexpectedly moving visions of his home country, Bulgaria, and they
are the stories that make up his charming, deeply felt debut
Winner of the BBC International Short Story Award 2012
East of the West in Paperback
Finalist for the Saroyan Prize
The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories 2012
BBC Radio Four Front Row
NPR Weekend All Things Considered
An audio profile for Art&Seek
"Makedonija" on Five Chapters
An interview in One Story
An audio interview for Orion
TV appearances in Bulgaria:
Audiobook and foreign editions
Hodder & Stoughton
Bond Street Books
"... one of the most exciting debut collections in recent
-- The Boston Globe
"... Penkov's teeming stories accomplish in phrases what lesser writers take chapters to convey... a collection of triumphs."
-- The LA Times
"... This is a sparkling collection.."
-- The Guardian
"... These stories are not the promising work of a first-time author. They are already a promise fulfilled--wise, bright, and deep with sympathy."
-- The New Republic
"... heart-crushingly funny, stereotype-splattering creations..."
-- Interview Magazine
"...An unapologetic love letter to a culture of many colors."
-- Kirkus Review