Sonntag, 01. August 2021

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Alek Popov

popovAlek Popov was born in 1966. He graduated from St. Constantine Ciril Philosopher College for Ancient Languages and Cultures in Sofia and later received his Masters of Arts degree in Bulgarian Literature, he lives and works in Sofia. Popov has published eight single volumes and two novels, among "Mission:London", which has a sarcastic view on post-communistic relations, even in Bulgarian terms.

Popov, who ist also the secretary of the Bulgarian P.E.N. Centre and director of the House of Children's Book in Sofia, was immediately awarded for the stage and radio adaption of his novel. The works that are going to be performed and the situation of Bulgarian theatre is described in a background report by the theatre specialist Violeta Detcheva.

Popov doesn't hide the fact that his experiences as an ambassador in London influenced his successful novel. Although his characters follow the political developments, they, like the new ambassador Varadin in "Mission:London", don't necessarily end up in new circumstances. On Austrian radio, Popov once explained: "In the Balkan countries, there is still the idea of an ideal State, which lies in the western world. The more western, the better. If you consequently follow this path you will circumnavigate the world and end up where you started."

The novel Mission:London brings the theatre in Osnabrück, even for the Spieltriebe3 festival, to a state of high drama. A detailed profile of the play by Stefan Bläske will shortly be appearing here, and you're able to hear Popov reading from his play.

(photo copyright: Theatre of Osnabrück)