Karastoyanov, Hristo

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Hristo Karastoyanov (born on February 22, 1950, in Topolovgrad) is a contemporary Bulgarian novelist. He studied Bulgarian Philology at Plovdiv University and made his debut in 1981 with the short story collection Cracked Asphalt.

He is the author of 27 books – fiction, political journalism and poetry. His novel Autopia: The Other Road to Hell, 2003, is in the list of the first five books nominated for the Vick Foundation Award. Other books of his (Nefertiti in a Dark Night, 2001, Death Is of Preference, 2003, Consequences, 2005, Resistance.net, 2008), have been nominated for the Helicon Bookstore award, including his novel The Spider, 2009; 2011.

In 2014, his latest novel The Same Night Awaits Us All: Diary of a Novel (Janet 45, 2014) won the Pencho’s Oak award for significant contribution to the contemporary Bulgarian literature and its research, as well as the Helicon award for best fiction book of the year. For her translation of an excerpt from the novel into English, Izidora Angel was awarded a Translators’ Residency at Open Letter Books, US, organized annually by the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation (April, 2015).

He has been awarded a number of literary prizes, including first prize in the Razvitie unpublished novel contest (for his novel Death is of Preference, 2003): an award from the Bulgarian Writers’ Union for Notes on Historical Naiveté, 1999; the Golden Chainlet short-story award from Trud daily; and the national Chudomir Award for a humorous story.

His book Kocama Karı Arıyorum in Turkish (Wanted: A Wife for My Husband), 2006, was presented at the 25th Istanbul Book Fair (2006).

Hristo Karastoyanov is a member of the professional Bulgarian Writers’ Union. He works and lives in Yambol. He is married, and has a son and grandchildren.



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