The birthplace of the genius of Bulgarian literature, Dimitar Talev, is at risk of being lost if the Bulgarian state continues to show indifference and a lack of national sensibilities. The heirs ask the Bulgarian politicians and statesmen to take the only correct decision and preserve the native house considered by all our compatriots to be one of the most worthy Macedonian Bulgarians.
“My greatest wish is for Dimitar Talev’s house to become Bulgarian, to become the cultural home of Bulgaria. I cannot understand why Bulgaria is sleeping. They can also put a plaque, but Bulgaria must be a country. To show himself in the light of a real state and to bow before the case of Dimitar Talev. Let him go back to where he started. He has left this house and Prilep – let him return. And may his spirit rest in peace,” said Snezhana Acheska, current owner of Dimitar Talev’s house in Prilep, in an interview with BGNES.
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“At the moment, I am the owner of the house (of Dimitar Talev – note ed.), since the legal owner – my husband – died. I have serious problems: We have been evicted from our house, we have been evicted from our country, for which I no longer feel as for the country in which I was born, and because of certain people I regret that I was born. My problems are big. My husband died sad because he was kicked out of the house he was born in and it’s very hard. I won’t say who kicked us out – I’ve said it where it should. This man is currently in prison and I wish him to stay there for the rest of his life. The goal was for him to take her and for him to sell her. I did not allow this to happen, I reacted quickly and all this was stopped”.
“My greatest wish is for (the house) to be Bulgarian, to become a cultural home of Bulgaria. Here another problem arises: I ask where is Bulgaria? Why are you sleeping?! I cannot understand why Bulgaria is sleeping. I’ve been repeating it for years: The amount for a country is ridiculous, and for the country not to take care to collect a minimum of 100,000 euros for a house with 10 rooms, which can also be turned into a hotel… The Dimitar Talev Foundation was created, but nothing was done. People don’t give money. I think that’s a shame. Having Bulgaria’s cultural center in the center of Prilep is a big deal“, stated Acheska and emphasized: I expect the Bulgarian state to come and buy it. Give them the keys while I’m alive. My husband died sad and said to me: Live to accomplish what you set your mind to. Here, I am still alive, I will soon turn 72 years old, and I am asking the Bulgarian state to speed up this process, because I do not know when I will leave. This country also expelled my children – all three are abroad, and I was left alone. At least to finish what I started 20 years ago.
When asked if people from Bulgaria often come to look at the house, Acheska answered: “Of course. Whole buses came or one by one, they entered, walked around the house. Now I don’t let anyone in anymore because the house is falling apart – this is an old house and if it is not maintained, and we were evicted from it for 10 years, there is no one to maintain it anymore. It is normal for it to begin to fall. I could repair it, but one or the other had to be left in it in its authentic form. The house remained authentic, but it will fall if it waits a little longer. It’s starting to drip from different places, and if we were in it, that wouldn’t have happened. To maintain the old house, we spent as much money as two new ones. There is no one who can say: Snezhana or my mother-in-law brought me back. My mother-in-law was letting everyone in, and we were wondering why so many people were coming. The principal of “Dimitar Talev” high school from Plovdiv was here. And then I asked: Will someone explain to me why so many people come, why they leave flowers at the fountain, what is happening, what is the reason for all this? My wife explained.”
“Already on my first trip to Sofia – and earlier I traveled very often, my two sisters-in-law, the wives of my brothers, are Bulgarian, I went to Pleven, I also passed through Sofia, where I have friends, I bought all the books by Dimitar Talev from Slaveykov Square. I read them and understood what they were about. Only then did I understand who Dimitar Talev is and how sublime is what he writes in his books. I was ecstatic, especially the Iron Lantern. And this is exactly what gave me the reason to turn to Stefan Danailov. He tried hard but did nothing. There was probably another factor that prevented things from moving forward.”
“Bulgaria should be a country. To show himself in the light of a real state and to bow before the case of Dimitar Talev. Let Dimitar Talev return to where he started. He has left this house and Prilep – let him return. And may his spirit rest in peace. I think once he gets back his spirit will rest in peaceSnezhana Acheska also said.
Yesterday was the 124th anniversary of the birth of the great novelist and patriot Dimitar Talev.
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