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„Някогашният Пловдив” на Рилския отшелник
"The Old Plovdiv" of the Rila Recluse

Author(s): Katya Zografova
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Assen Christophorov; Old Plovdiv; Literature

Summary/Abstract: The paper provides an interesting recourse to different places and times during Assen Christophorov’s life. There is a bitter irony in the voluntarily chosen solitary life in the village of Govedartsy full of the suspicions of the local peasants and the philosophic perception of the life in Belene concentration camp. The complexity of the description of the village is a real reflection of the contradictory and difficult years of 1950s, far away from the religious and political alienation, even full of dislike for the pseudo religious monk’s behavior. The author enters the layers of Christophorov’s family and personal memories from the heights of his age linking the roots of family history and his own destiny with his childhood perceptions of Old Plovdiv. These are not simply childhood memories but a return of an adult to the social reality of totalitarian times. The paper discovers unexpected relations with the cultural perceptions of Rila mountain and Plovdiv with Vazov, Alvadjiev and Daltchev. In the deep structure of the text we can discover the rich culture and analytical capabilities of Assen Christophorov.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 84-87
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Bulgarian