SECRET SENSES
Edvin Sugarev
Translated from the Bulgarian by Ludmilla G. Popova-Wightman


2005
Bilingual edition
Paper | 201pp |6" x 9"
ISBN 1-930214-09X
$12.95

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Selection of poems from Edvin Sugarev’s eighteen volumes of poetry, published after the fall of communism in Bulgaria and the lifting of censorship.

Lovely images, startling metaphors, beautiful language in his love poems, existential poems, and reflections on the fate of his country … provides a pleasurable reading.

Finally, free to write about religion, he sees two salvations, one is tragic, intense, envisioning a beginning and end, ultimately Christian. It promises a Judgment day, the union of the living and the dead, eternal life. The other, influenced by the East, is serene, detached, and offers hope in reincarnation . . .

Edvin Sugarev was born in 1953 in Sofia. Poet, scholar (he defended his dissertation on “Bulgarian Literature after the First World War and German Expressionism” in 1985) and a dissident Samizdat publisher in the 1980’s, he was a key figure in the decade of artistic and intellectual unrest in Bulgaria. After 1989, he emerged as one of the most significant and outspoken politicians of the democratization protest. Whether as an MP in successive parliaments, or as an ambassador to Mongolia and India, which allowed him to come in closer contact with his beloved East, he invariably remained the embodiment of Havel’s famous demand for “living within the truth; between what one says and what one is.”.


Endorsements:

“Reading Secret Senses, I was struck by the wonderfully insightful, moving poems. His erotic poems in particular are brilliant.” 
— Paul Muldoon

“It is a great pleasure to see Edvin Sugarev’s poems appearing in this substantial volume. It is a richly rewarding document of his pungent, ironic, yet direct and moving poetic style. For those not familiar with Bulgarian poetry, he is one of the major modern voices from a country that is in love with poetry. The Bulgarian people have produced an inordinately large number of world- class poets for their relatively small population.”
— Bradley R. Strahan

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