The Polish Institute in Sofia and the International Elias Canetti Sociaty – Ruse would like to invite you on February, 14th 2013 (Thursday) from 4 p.m. at the Regional Library Ljuben Karavelov (Dondukov-Korsakov Str. 1) to the presentation of the Bulgarian edition of Czesław Miłosz’s Book Native Realm (translated by Mira Kostova and Margreta Grigorova). The book will be presented by Assoc. Prof. Margreta Grigorova from the St. Cyrill and St. Methodius University of Veliko Tarnovo.

Native Realm is being published in Bulgaria for the first time by the Elias Canetti publishing house. The book focuses on the identity of Eastern Europeans and their connections to European history and culture and on the role played by literature and various ideologies.

‘Native Realm did not target the Polish readers though they might learn a lot from it. It was like a missionary’s sermon among savages and also an attempt to answer the question, who I am. If I was from Warsaw or Krakow it would have been easier to answer this question. But I wanted to place on the literature map all our eastern unconventionality, perceived as something unfamiliar even by most Polish readers.’ (Czesław Miłosz)

Czesław Miłosz (1911-2004) – poet, prose writer and translator, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980 and author of over 40 books and poetry collections he is one of the most prominent Polish poets and winner of many prestigious literary awards.

In the last two years, mainly on the initiative of the Polish Institute in Sofia and thanks to the dedicated efforts of the translators of Polish poetry and prose, on the Bulgarian book market appeared seven books with works by the renowned Polish writer – the poetry collections Facing the River (2011) and This (2012), the novels A Year of the Hunter (2011), Native Realm (2012) as well as the re-editions: The Captive Mind (1992, 2011), The Issa Valley (1994, 2011) and Roadside Dog (2002, 2011).

The book has been published with the support of the Polish Institute in Sofia.