The beginning of September carries special symbolism for the writer Georgi Gospodinovas the 1st is the date he chooses to begin his novel “Time Asylum” years ago at the New York Public Library. In 2022, when Gospodinov’s book is a huge success, and at the world level, the library in the heart of Manhattan opens its new literary season with the American premiere of the novel “Time Asylum”.
The discussion with Gospodinov is on September 7 at 6:00 p.m. hosted by Prof. Valentina Izmirlieva, a longtime professor at Columbia University and medievalist. The next participant in the literary program is last year’s Nobel Laureate Abdulrazak Gurna, BTA added.
In 2017, the Bulgarian writer won a one-year stay at the prestigious Kullman Center of the New York Library, gathering researchers and writers from all over the world. There, Gospodinov began his work on “Time Asylum”. In the spring of this year, the novel was published in the United States by Liveright in a translation by Angela Rodel.
“Touching and intelligent,” the New York Times wrote of the book in a review. “Gospodinov writes shrewdly, drawing attention to the violence that the past exerts on the present,” writes The New Yorker. The British “Guardian” chose the Bulgarian novel as the book of the week.
The New York Public Library is one of the four largest in the world with over 53 million books, and has long become one of the most important cultural institutions in the United States.
Another American news is that Georgi Gospodinov is this year’s chosen guest writer of the Harriman Institute at Columbia University, BTA also reports. Within a month, he will lead a seminar at one of the most prestigious universities, part of the so-called Ivy League. The next opportunity to meet Gospodinov in New York is on October 2 at the Brooklyn Literary Festival, where the writer will participate in a discussion dedicated to memory and time.