Category: Short Stories

The Tears of Love between Nostalgia and Beauty In “A Dream of Red Mansions” and Bulgarian literature and culture

Сълзите на любовта между носталгията и красотата в романа «Сън в алени покои» и българската литература by Petko Hinov (Bulgaria) A. Introducing «A Dream of Red Mansions» to Bulgarian Readership Presenting A Dream of Red Mansions in Bulgarian translation for the first time is not an easy undertaking. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first Chinese classical novel translated into my native tongue, if we accept the term as referring to the period of Ming and Qing dynasties. What could possibly relate a novel of such grandeur to our Bulgarian mind? What thread could possibly lead a Bulgarian reader through the folds of time back into a past unknown and unsavoured, such as the past Cao Xueqin describes? I took betook myself…

The Incorrigible Virgin

A True Story by Petko Hinov (Han Pei) All this happened in the late spring of last year. All that day I had been making vain attempts to write the story I was commissioned with by the chief editor of… well, of the magazine I am working for. It was hopeless. The shrieks of the sea-gulls, the distant splashes of the blue sea and my impatience got the better of me and I could no longer abide in my hotel room. “Call it a day,” thought I, hastily grabbed my cardigan, for the evening promised to get colder, and ran downstairs. As usual, I took the alley running along the coastal line and vanishing amid a broad copse of bushes, low trees and blossoming shrubs of unimaginable beauty. The lovers’ alley, they called it, and not without reason. The alley was not a straight one, but split in numerous smaller alleys that crossed each other randomly…