From the Feuilleton and the Short Story to the Novel Cover Image

От фейлетона и разказа до романа
From the Feuilleton and the Short Story to the Novel

Genre Dimensions in "Hristo Botyov. An Attempt of a Biography" by Zahari Stoyanov in Stoyan Zaimov's Interpretation

Author(s): Ivan Ruskov
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Bulgarian Literature, Philology
Published by: Пловдивски университет »Паисий Хилендарски«
Keywords: Hristo Botev; Zahari Stoyanov; Stoyan Zaimov; review; biography; feuilleton; novel; novel-biography
Summary/Abstract: Stoyan Zaimov is the first reviewer who analyses in detail the biography of Hristo Botev‘s by Zahari Stoyanov. Zaimov shows weaknesses of different types, he adds and corrects facts from Botev‘s life. On the other hand, he admires the pages in which Zahari Stoyanov, in his inimitable style, displays events and scenes from Botev‘s life and those of the Bulgarian revolutionaries. In his analysis Zaimov uses a metaphorical language clear for the wide range of readers; in addition, however, he uses a terminology which would require a special audience (including terms like feuilleton, short story, drawing, novel, political novel, historical novel, biographical-historical novel, the term novel-biography is also implicated). As a whole, the biographical work has been evaluated as a superb accomplishment. According to Zaimov, the author Zahari Stoyanov has managed the difficult task of writing a history of the Bulgarian people and at the same time – a personal biography of Botev.