Wolf Hunt by Ivailo Petrov

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“Everywhere there were wars, poverty and misery, treachery and lies, violence and slavery, joy and happiness,” one narrator intones near the end, which also captures the ratio of gloom to sunshine contained within. A bulky, at times forbiddingly dour ground-level journey into Soviet-era deceits.
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Published in 1986, three years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, Wolf Hunt was the first novel to portray the human cost of Communist policies on Bulgarian villagers, forced by the government to abandon their land and traditional way of life. Darkly comic and tragic, the novel centers on an ill-fated winter hunting expedition of six neighbors whose history together is long and interwoven. The ensuing story takes the reader on a voyage of shifting perspectives that places the calamitous history of twentieth-century Bulgaria into a human context of helplessness and desperation.
 

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Ivailo Petrov (1923-2005) was born in the small Bulgarian village of Bdintzi to a family of poor and illiterate peasants. Petrov studied law at the University of Sofia and then worked as an editor in several different publishing houses in Sofia and Varna. In the 1950s, Petrov begun his career as a writer and was to go on to published many novels and short story collections. His books, On Foreign Soil, Ground-Swell, and Before I Was Born and Afterwards, describe the transformations and dramas of rural and traditional Bulgarian life in the 20th century. Petrov has received numerous awards, among them the Union of Bulgarian Writers Award, the Yordan Yovkov Award, and the Hristo G. Danov Prize for his life contribution to Bulgarian literary culture.Angela Rodel is a professional literary translator living and working in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her translations include Milen Ruskov’s Thrown into Nature, Zachary Karabashliev’s 18% Gray, Angel Igov’s A Short Tale of Shame, and Virginia Zaharieva’s Nine Rabbits.
Author Residence: Bdintsi, Bulgaria
Author Hometown: Sofia, Bulgaria
 
Published May 16, 2017 by Archipelago. 584 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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“Everywhere there were wars, poverty and misery, treachery and lies, violence and slavery, joy and happiness,” one narrator intones near the end, which also captures the ratio of gloom to sunshine contained within. A bulky, at times forbiddingly dour ground-level journey into Soviet-era deceits.

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