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Евгения е от Марс, Вазов е от Венера
Evgenia is from Mars, Vazov is from Venus

Author(s): Kristin Dimitrova
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Gender history
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Evgenia Mars; Ivan Vazov ; literary salon; Anna Karima

Summary/Abstract: This article attempts to shed some new light on Bulgarian female writer Evgenia Mars (1877-1945) and on the specific case of her national literary reception. Beginning her writing career in the early 20th c. she rose to prominence not without the help of several factors parallel to her literary production, namely, her popular salon, her active social participation and, last but not least, her friendship with the renowned Bulgarian poet Ivan Vazov. During socialism (1944-1989), she was, for all good purposes, erased from Bulgarian literary historiography. In the late 90s her name began to reemerge in essays, memoirs and monographs, most of them trying to bridge the time gap of her absence and to reconstruct her status figure. However, in their willingness to compensate for the unjust silence about Evgenia Mars, many researchers overestimate her real achievements, thus tipping the literary-milieu balance once again, this time in her favor, and depriving her contemporaries of their deserved credit.

  • Issue Year: LIX/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 51-86
  • Page Count: 36
  • Language: Bulgarian