Modern Bulgarian Literature deserves to be better known in the English-speaking world. For a small nation, a great deal of literature has been produced and much of it has been translated into English and other foreign languages.
Ivan Vazov (1850-1921) is the great figure in the books of the Classical modern period. He was born in Sopot in Central Bulgaria and grew up in Kalofer. In his 20’s he met Hristo Botev and other revolutionary figures and spent time in exile in the Romanian towns of Oltenita and Braila. He was personally involved in the April Uprising of 1876 taking an active role as a revolutionary leader (‘komitadji’) and after the failure of the insurrection took refuge again in Romania.
After returning to Bulgaria in 1878 he became involved – inevitably – in the politics of independent Bulgaria. The dominant Russophile tendency was not his and he was again forced to leave