Georgi Borissov

Georgi Borissov was born on July 17th 1950 in Sofia. He graduated from the Sofia French College in 1969 and from the Moscow Institute for Literature Maxim Gorky in 1974. From 1976 till 1981 he was editor of the literary newspaper Literaturen Front (1976-1981), Head of the Fiction and Documentary Prose Department of the publishing house PROFIZDAT (1986-1989) and producer at the Fiction and Journalism Department of the Bulgarian National Television (1993). Co-founder of the literary magazine FAKEL in 1981, he was first its deputy editor-in-chief before becoming editor-in-chief in 1990. He is the founder and director of the publishing houses FAKEL (1991-1995) and FAKEL EXPRESS (1995).

Fakel Express Publishers started in 2005 together with the publishing house Janet 45 the book series NEW PROSE, selected and edited by Georgi Borissov. It comprises Bulgarian translations of contemporary Russian authors among which Vassili Grossman, Vassili Aksionov, Sergeï Dovlatov, Vladimir Voïnovitch, Yuz Aleshkovsky, Yuri Mamleev, Viktor Erofeev, Evgeni Popov, Anatoli Koroliov, Sacha Sokolov, Edouard Limonov, Ludmila Ulitzkaïa and Mihail Shishkin.  

From 2003 to 2007 Georgi Borissov presided over the jury awarding the Helikon literary prize for new Bulgarian fiction.

From 2009 to 2016 he is the artistic director of the National Theatre Ivan Vazov.

He is the author of the following books of poetry:
At Noon Sometime at the Beginning ("По пладне някъде в началото", 1977)
Let Him Be ("Оставете човека", 1981)
Doors ("Врати", 1986) The Stranger ("Пришълец", 1992)
The Living God ("Живият бог", 1997)
Carthage ("Картаген", 2000)
On the Stroke of Three, ("Точно в три", 2008)
What Freedom Told Me, poems and translations of poetry in Russian and Bulgarian ("Какво ми каза свободата/Что мне сказала свобода", 2012, Москва, "Центр книги Рудомино")
Nothing ("Нищо", 2015)

He is also the author of many fiction and non-fiction texts among which Hiatus (Хиатус, 2007), co-written with A. Koroliov, of critical literary reviews, essays as well as articles on literature and interviews with outstanding authors among which Bulat Okudzhava, Y. Nagibin, D. Prigov, A. Kuchaev, M. Rozanova, V. Bukovsky, E. Evtushenko, Y. Aleshkovsky, V. Sharov, V. Erofeev, E. Popov, A. Koroliov, M. Shishkin, S. Gandlevski, A. Kabakov, A. Zvetkov, S. Vassileva, P. Orehovski, Z. Prilepin, Y. Andruhovich and many others.

Georgi Borissov has translated poetry from Russian, French and English (A. Pushkin, A. Blok, V. Hlebnikov, D. Harms, K. Simonov, M. Svetlov, A. Voznesenski, E. Evtushenko, Y. Kuznezov, J. Brodsky, Y. Aleshkovsky).

His poetry has been translated in almost all European languages and his poems are presented in anthologies of Bulgarian poetry published in Germany, the USA, the United Kingdom, Russia, etc. He participated in many international literary meetings and festivals among which INTERLIT82 in Cologne, Germany, the European Writers meeting Literary Express 2000, the International Literary Meetings in Struga (2003), the Danube Conference for Art and Culture (2003), the International Poets Meeting in Smedarevo (Serbia, 2004), the International Writers Meeting in Belgrade (2004), The Fourth International Meeting on Translation in Villeneuve Lez Avignon, France (2006), The Days of Bulgarian Culture Balkan Spring in Normandy (2006), The First Open Air International Book Fair in Moscow (2006), The Third International Russian Georgian Festival of Poetry In Quest of the Golden Fleece (2009), The days of Bulgarian Spiritual Culture in Moscow and St. Petersburg (2012), etc. In 2009 he was among the guests of honour of the Moscow Book Fair.

He was awarded the National Prize for the best book of the year Vladimir Bashev in 1977, the Great Prize for Poetry The Golden Chain of the newspaper Trud in 1999 and The National Prize Ivan Nikolov for The Best Book of Poetry in 2001, The Slaveikov Award for lyrical poetry (2007). In 2009 he is the first to be awarded the national prize Milosh Ziapkov for the best book of the year.

In 2009 The Federal Press and Mass Communication Agency of Russia awarded him with the Peter the Great jubilee medal. In 2013 he was awarded the Golden Century medal of the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture. In 2015 Georgi Borissov was awarded the international prize Russkaya Premia for his contribution to the preservation and development of the traditions of Russian culture outside the boundaries of the Russian Federation.

Georgi Borissov is member of the Bulgarian PEN Centre.

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