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Georgi Borissov


Georgi Borissov was born on July 17th 1950 in Sofia. He graduated from the Maxim Gorky Institute for Literature in Moscow. He has worked as an editor for the literary newspaper Literaturen Front, as head of the Fiction and Documentary Prose Department at the publishing house PROFIZDAT and producer at the Fiction and Journalism Department of the Bulgarian National Television. Co-founder of the literary magazine FAKEL in 1981, he was first its vice editor-in -chief before becoming editor-in-chief in 1990.

He is the founder and served as director of the publishing houses FAKEL (1991-1995) and FAKEL EXPRESS (1995). Georgi Borissov has translated poetry from Russian, French and English, and is the author of a number of books of poetry, including At Noon Sometime at the Beginning (“По пладне някъде в началото”, 1977), Let Him Be (“Оставете човека”, 1981), Doors (“Врати”, 1986), The Stranger (“Пришълец”, 1992), The Living God (“Живият бог”, 1997), and Carthage (“Картаген”, 2000).

His poems have been included in many Bulgarian poetry anthologies published in the USA, the United Kingdom, Russia and Germany. He was awarded the Vladimir Bashev National Prize for Poetry in 1977, the Golden Chain Prize for Poetry from the Bulgarian newspaper Trud in 1999 and the Ivan Nikolov National Poetry Award in 2001. Georgi Borissov is member of the Bulgarian PEN Centre.

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