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*Finalist for the 2015 PEN Literary Award*

"Georgi Gospodinov desires to blow your mind—or probably simply give you the final toilet reader. . . . The formal playfulness indicates Kundera with A.D.D. and potty jokes."—Ed Park, The Village Voice

A finalist for either the Strega Europeo and Gregor von Rezzori awards (and winner of each Bulgarian honor possible), The Physics of Sorrow reaffirms Georgi Gospodinov's position as one in all Europe's so much artistic and bold writers.

Using the parable of the Minotaur as its organizing picture, the narrator of Gospodinov's long-awaited novel constructs a labyrinth of reports approximately his relations, leaping from period to period and point of view to standpoint, exploring the mind-set and trappings of japanese Europeans. quite moving—such as with the tale of his grandfather by chance being left in the back of at a mill—and terribly funny—see the part at the awfulness of the query "how are you?"—Physics is a booklet for you to inhabit, tracing connections, following the narrator down a variety of "side passages," getting pleasantly misplaced within the a number of tales and empathizing with the unhappy, misunderstood Minotaur on the middle of it all.

The Physics of Sorrow will attract lovers of Dave Eggers, Tom McCarthy, and Dubravka Ugresic for its specified constitution, humanitarian matters, and gorgeous storytelling.

Georgi Gospodinov's Natural Novel was once released by way of Dalkey Archive Press in 2005 and was once praised through the New Yorker, New York Times, and several prestigious overview outlets.

Angela Rodel gained a PEN Translation Fund provide in 2010 for Georgi Tenev's brief tale assortment. She is among the so much prolific translators of Bulgarian literature operating this present day and bought an NEA Fellowship for her translation of Gospodinov's The Physics of Sorrow.

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