Famous Bulgarian Writers

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Georgi Markov
(Bulgarian Dissident Writer Best Known for His Work 'The Truth that Killed')
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Birthdate: March 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia
Died: September 11, 1978

Georgi Markov was a Bulgarian writer, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. After relocating to London due to political reasons, Markov worked as a journalist and broadcaster for the BBC World Service, Radio Free Europe, and Deutsche Welle. Georgi Markov was assassinated in 1978 and was posthumously honored with the Order of Stara Planina in 2000.

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George Morris Baker
(English Actor and Writer Known for His Film 'I Claudius' and TV Series 'The Ruth Rendell Mysteries')
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Birthdate: April 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
Died: October 7, 2011

George Morris Baker was an English writer and actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Tiberius Caesar Augustus in the popular TV series I, Claudius. As a writer, Baker is well-known for his contribution to a TV play titled Fatal Spring, which earned him a UN peace award. George Morris Baker is also remembered for his charitable work.    

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Julia Kristeva
(Bulgarian-French Author and Academic Whose Themes Surrounded on Feminism, Semiotics, and Psychoanalysis)
Julia Kristeva
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Birthdate: June 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria
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Maria Popova
(Bulgarian-Born American-Based Writer Best Known for Her Blog 'The Marginalian')
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Birthdate: July 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bulgaria

Maria Popova is a Bulgarian-born writer who focuses on philosophy and culture. Considered an important writer, Popova also contributes to popular publications like Wired UK, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. Over the course of her career, Maria Popova has been featured in various lists including Forbes' 30 under 30

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Hristo Botev
(One of the Heroes of the Bulgarian National Revolution and Poet)
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Birthdate: January 6, 1848
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kalofer, Bulgaria
Died: June 1, 1876

Hristo Botev was a Bulgarian poet and revolutionary. Widely regarded as a national hero by Bulgarians, Botev was thought to be ahead of his peers in his aesthetic, philosophical, and political views. An influential and important figure in the history of Bulgaria, Botev has several monuments, schools, football clubs, and stadiums named after him.

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Carl Djerassi
(Contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills)
Carl Djerassi
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Birthdate: October 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 30, 2015

Known as the father of the pill, Carl Djerassi is best remembered for chemically synthesizing a steroid mimic of the hormone progesterone, which paved the way for the production of contraceptive pills.  That apart, he made important contributions to the synthesis of antihistamines, pest control, mass spectrometry etc. Also a successful author, he wrote several non-fictions, novels, dramas and poems.

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Dimiter Marinov
(Bulgarian-American Actor Known for His Role as 'Oleg' in the Academy Award Winning Film 'Green Book')
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Birthdate: October 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Dimiter Marinov is a Bulgarian-American actor best known for his portrayal of Oleg in the 2018 American comedy-drama movie Green Book, which received the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2019, Dimiter Marinov attended the 91st Academy Awards, becoming the first Bulgarian to walk the red carpet.

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Ivan Vazov
(Bulgarian Novelist, Poet and Playwright Best Known for His Novel 'Under the Yoke')
Ivan Vazov
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Birthdate: June 27, 1850
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sopot, Ottoman Bulgaria
Died: September 22, 1921

Ivan Vazov was a Bulgarian novelist, poet, and playwright. Considered the patriarch of Bulgarian literature, Vazov is best remembered for his 1888 novel Under the Yoke, which has been translated into more than 30 languages. Ivan Vazov is credited with writing the first Bulgarian fantasy poem and the first Bulgarian science fiction story.

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Saint Naum
(Bulgarian Writer, Enlightener and One of the Seven Apostles of the First Bulgarian Empire)
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Birthdate: 0830 AD
Birthplace: Moesia, Bulgaria
Died: December 23, 0910

Saint Naum was a Bulgarian enlightener and writer. Counted among the Seven Apostles of the earliest Bulgarian Empire, Naum is often associated with the formation of the Cyrillic and Glagolitic script. He is also credited with co-founding the Pliska Literary School. Saint Naum is also credited with converting many Slavs into Bulgarians.

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Stefan Stambolov
(9th Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1887 - 1894))
Stefan Stambolov
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Birthdate: January 31, 1854
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Died: July 19, 1895

Stefan Stambolov was a Bulgarian journalist, revolutionary, politician, and poet who served as the Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 1 September 1887 to 31 May 1894. Counted among the most popular and prominent founders of modern Bulgaria, Stambolov played a key role during the Balkan Wars; he helped initiate the cultural and economic progress in Bulgaria.

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Grigor Parlichev
(Bulgarian Writer, Educator and Translator Best Known for His Works ‘O Armatolos’ and ‘1762 leto’)
Grigor Parlichev
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Birthdate: January 18, 1830
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ohrid, North Macedonia
Died: January 25, 1893
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Nikola Vaptsarov
(Bulgarian Poet Who Was Shot Dead by Fascists for His Communist Activities)
Nikola Vaptsarov
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Birthdate: December 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bansko, Bulgaria
Died: July 23, 1942
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Dimitar Miladinov
(Legendary Bulgarian Poet and Folklorist Known for His Collection 'Bulgarian Folk Songs' Alongside His Brother Konstantin )
Dimitar Miladinov
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Birthdate: 1810 AD
Birthplace: Struga
Died: January 11, 1862
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Volen Siderov
(Bulgarian Far-Right Politician and Chairman of the Nationalist Party ‘Attack’)
Volen Siderov
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Birthdate: April 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Yambol
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Kapka Kassabova
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Birthdate: 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Kapka Kassabova is a writer and poet whose works have earned her several prestigious awards such as a Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Highland Book Prize. Many of her books have also been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Baillie Gifford Prize, the Duff Cooper Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Awards.

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Elin Pelin
(Bulgarian Poet and Author Known for His Depiction of the Bulgarian Village Life)
Elin Pelin
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Birthdate: July 8, 1877
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bailovo, Bulgaria
Died: December 3, 1949
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Peyo Yavorov
(Poet , Playwright and a Pioneer of the Bulgarian Symbolist Movement)
Peyo Yavorov
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Birthdate: January 1, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chirpan, Bulgaria
Died: October 17, 1914
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Geo Milev
(Bulgarian Poet and Journalist Best Remembered for His Epic Poem 'Septemvri')
Geo Milev
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Birthdate: January 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Radnevo, Bulgaria
Died: May 15, 1925
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Clement of Ohrid
(The First Bishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Who Inspired Slavs to Follow Christianity)
Clement of Ohrid
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Birthplace: Macedonia Greece, Greece
Died: July 27, 0916
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Pencho Petkov Slaveykov
(Bulgarian Poet )
Pencho Petkov Slaveykov
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Birthdate: April 27, 1866
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tryavna, Bulgaria
Died: June 10, 1912
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Chernorizets Hrabar
(Bulgarian Monk and Scholar Known for His Only Written Work 'On the Letters')
Chernorizets Hrabar
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Birthplace: Unknown
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Lyuben Karavelov
(Bulgarian Writer and a Prominent Figure of ‘Bulgarian National Revival’ and Chairman of ‘Bulgarian Revolutionary Central Committee’)
Lyuben Karavelov
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Birthdate: 1834 AD
Birthplace: Koprivshtitsa, Bulgaria
Died: January 21, 1879
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Yordan Yovkov
(Bulgarian Writer Best Known for His Works: 'Legends of Stara Planina' and 'Inn at Antimovo')
Yordan Yovkov
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Birthdate: November 9, 1880
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zheravna, Bulgaria
Died: October 15, 1937

Yordan Yovkov was a Bulgarian writer best remembered for his 1927 works, Legends of Stara Planina and Inn at Antimovo. In 1929, Yovkov was honored by the Bulgarian Academy of Science with the prestigious Cyril and Methodius Prize for Literature. Many of his works have been adapted into feature and short films. 

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Petko Slaveykov
(Bulgarian Poet, Folklorist, Publicist and Pioneer of Bulgarian Children's Literature)
Petko Slaveykov
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Birthdate: November 17, 1827
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Died: July 1, 1895

Petko Slaveykov was a Bulgarian poet, folklorist, publicist, and politician. A multi-talented personality, Slaveykov also worked as a journalist, translator, and philologist. He also left his mark on various fields of study such as history, geography, and biography. Petko Slaveykov is considered the pioneer of Bulgarian children's literature and is credited with authoring several textbooks.

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Dimitar Talev
(Bulgarian Writer, Journalist and Editor Who Served as Political Prisoner and Later as MP)
Dimitar Talev
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Birthdate: September 1, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prilep, North Macedonia
Died: October 20, 1966
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Dora Gabe
(One of the Most Popular Bulgarian Poets of All Time)
Dora Gabe
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Birthdate: August 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dabovik
Died: November 16, 1983

Dora Gabe was а Bulgarian Jewish poet best remembered for writing poetry for children and adults. Counted among the most successful and popular Bulgarian poets of all time, Gabe was honored with many prestigious awards. She also wrote travel books, essays, and short stories and many of her works have been translated into a number of languages.

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Constantine of Kostenets
(Medieval Bulgarian Writer Best Known for His Biographical Work ‘Life of Despot Stefan Lazarević’)
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Birthdate: 1380 AD
Birthplace: Kostenets, Bulgaria
Died: 1431 AD
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Evelin Banev
(Bulgarian Entrepreneur and Published Writer Who Was Imprisoned on Changes of Money Laundering and Drug Trafficking)
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Birthdate: October 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burgas, Bulgaria

Evelin Banev is a Bulgarian entrepreneur, published writer, real estate developer, and former wrestler. He came to limelight for his highly politicized and controversial prosecutions and imprisonment. Although he was sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years in prison in 2013, Evelin Banev was acquitted of all charges in 2014. Banev's 10-year-old daughter was kidnapped during his imprisonment and released unharmed two months later.