Miroslav Penkov, author of East of the West: A Country in Stories, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Miroslav Penkov

author of East of the West: A Country in Stories

Ten Terrifying Questions


1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Gabrovo, which is a small mountainous town in Bulgaria, and which also happens to be the world capital of humour, satire and stinginess. Gabrovians are so cheap and clever that they chop off the tails of their cats so that in wintertime, when they let their cat out of a room, the door would close faster and no heat would be lost. When they invite guests to dinner, they screw in weaker light bulbs in advance to save electricity and when they go to bed at night, they tie down the hands of their clocks so as to save wear on the works.

When I was four my family moved to Sofia, which is a large town in the foot of a mountain, and which also happens to be the capital of Bulgaria. I didn’t know any English until I was fourteen. All my English I learned in high school – the best high school for Continue reading


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