Popol Vuh lTook me aittle while to really start enjoying this but I Did And It Was and it was out oud funny in a couple of places with a great ending I was disappointed with this book Despite being a satirehumour I really didn t find it "very funny at all and I found myself bored with all the characters in t It is a "funny at all and I found myself bored with all the characters in t It is a book easy to readfor me it took 2 days and it eaves the right impression about the Bulgarian realityand culture uite interesting compared to the contemporary Wenn lieben weh tut ... literature in Bulgaria it s worth reading A very interesting and deliciously self deprecating modern story about Bulgarian society Aittle bittersweet but overall one of the few good Bulgarian books published in the Destiny For Three last decadeIf you haven tived here for atleast an year you probably won t fully understand the humour Its ok It does not come together at the end It could have gone on for another 200 pages and I would not have minded The book follows the attempts of Varadin the new Bulgarian ambassador and his attempts to put on a high class charity event for his benefactor Unfortunately his underlings and associates all have their own motivations and schemes that uickly get in the way be these unsafe pyrotechnics or microchipped ducks The humour is incredibly accessible to a British readership yet different parts are still deliciously Bulgarian There is a Lot Going On In going on in places and the characters are captured well as is the general atmosphere of non. Alek Popov is a eading figure on Bulgaria's contemporary iterature scene Having written numerous award winning short stories and scripts which have been translated into over a dozen Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? languages Mission London is his first novel In a style somethingike Pulp Fiction it tackles the behaviour of Bulgaria's new elite on the eve of accessionThe action is set in an Eastern European embassy in London Alek himself worked in the Bulgarian embassy in London in 1997 98 The background of the book is very real for this reason I wasn't intending to write this book actually but over time the mate. ,
Cial of me to take issue with precisely this underlying theme of the novel I know and understand some of the issues and fears that the characters in Mission London face but knowing also how different and complex emotions can be for a person in a foreign environment I can t help but think that Popov presents things a bit one sidedly This of course could be Popov s choice for very good reasons and taking a nuanced ook would not perhaps have helped drive the book s point across as convincingly but the fact is I feel as if Popov relied a bit too much on formulaic set ups Nevertheless the writing is unobtrusive and even I would say elegant the plot is uite absorbing despite the handful of far fetched moments especially but not only towards the end and I would not hesitate to recommend the book to a Bulgarian and hell even non Bulgarian friend Being convinced that it is indeed very difficult to write good humor books especially on contemporary topics without sounding too hipster y vulgar or Over Political I Say political I say Popov did a pretty good job Hope to see Bulgarian books of this and higher uality soon Varadin Dimitrov the new Bulgarian ambassador in London should have announced "his arrival at his duty station earlier But he prefers to catch his embassy staff "arrival at his duty station earlier But he prefers to catch his embassy staff surprise and much to his dismay he realizes that a Atlas de cytologie hmatologique lot of things are not going too well in this important outpost of Bulgarian dip Really funny unusual Iiked it a o. Ion and for a new image of both the elite and the ordinary citizen It ooks at how ordinary people from Eastern Europe are trying to adapt to the West and be part of a greater Europe a process which involves the disruption of many illusionsOn the other side it is about perceptions the West has about itself and about Eastern Europe Alek wants to invert the balance in which it was traditionally the West that imagined or colonised other cultures by writing about them from a Western standpoint This book is also an attempt to colonise the West through the view of the Eastern European ord.