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 26 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 latest novel The Spider, 2009; 2011.

He has been awarded a number of literary prizes, including first prize in the Razvitie unpublished novel contest (for his novel Death is of Preference, 2003): an award from the Bulgarian Writers’ Union for Notes on Historical Naiveté, 1999; the Golden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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