Alexieva, Elena

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Elena Alexieva was born in 1975 in Sofia. She majored in international economic relations at the University of National and World Economics in Sofia, and continued her studies in the doctoral program in semiotics at New Bulgarian University, Sofia. She is the author of two poetry collections, Ladder on the Heart (1994) and Face of a Killer Angel (1996); the novel The Blue Stairway (2000); two collections of short stories, Readers’ Group 31 (2005) and Who (2006); as well as the novels Knight, Devil, and Death (2007) and She Is Here (2009). She has recently released a third short-story collection, Pets Syndicated (2010). She is winner of the 2006 Helicon Prize for new Bulgarian fiction for Readers’ Group 31. Her works have appeared in a number of periodicals and anthologies in Bulgaria and abroad. Her short story The Fun Fair has been included in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Issue #51. A Spanish translation of Who was published in 2010, while a French edition of Knight, Devil and Death is in the pipeline.

Elena Alexieva lives in Sofia, where she works as freelance interpreter and writer.


  • Leon by Elena Alexieva, translated by Elena Alexieva
  • Messiah by Elena Alexieva, translated by Elena Alexieva



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