Andrea Gencheva is a 30-year-old Hungarian from Serbia, and has an MA in English literature. She settled in Bulgaria in 2011 with her Bulgarian husband, and now teaches English.
The Mohamadi family of 52-year-old watchmaker Radjab and his 43-year-old wife, hairdresser Masume, is from Bamiyan, Afghanistan. They arrived in Bulgaria with their two daughters Khadije, 16, and Narges, 15, in 2012, forced by the unstable situation in their home country. They have applied for refugee status, and have been living in the State Agency for Refugees camp In Ovcha Kupel, Sofia, and the girls go to school. They say that the national costumes in their area of Afghanistan are similar to the ones we photograph them wearing.
This current issue presents a text by the 2014 Sozopol Fiction Seminars fellow Dessislava Sheytanova-Lekova
You are on the outskirts of a major town in the eastern parts of the Rhodope. Just off the winding road you find yourself in the middle of a field full of a bizarre rock formations, something that looks like a shot out of a 1970s sci-fi movie about the moon, with the added benefit that you are the only visitor and there is no one around to disturb your rambling thoughts.
"The army is there to protect us from the bad guys."
Prime Minister Boyko Borisov on the deployment of troops on the border with Macedonia to prevent any refugees from entering
For many years now Bulgaria has risked becoming a boring place in August if it were not for historian Bozhidar Dimitrov, the flamboyant manager of the National History Museum in Sofia, who ingenuously finds increasingly eccentric ways to cheer up the holidaying Bulgarians by feeding them news snippets about what he alleges to be historical feats.