Bulgarian poet Konstantin Pavlov dies at 75

September 30th, 2008 - 11:57 pm ICT by David M N James  

Bulgarian Poet and screenwriter Konstantin Pavlov has passed away.

Konstantin was popular and highly reputed. He became one of Bulgaria’s most prominent intellectuals with his rare defiance of the country’s communist regime. Konstantin was 75. Pavlov died on Sunday after a long illness. Konstantin was among the few Bulgarian intellectuals who dared to assert their professional independence during the 1945-89 communist regimes. Pavlov gained popularity despite censors imposing a decade-long publishing ban against him in 1966, with Bulgarians clandestinely copying and reading his poems. This was a shot in the arm to his repute and works. Pavlov was born on April 2, 1933, in a small village near the capital, Sofia. He leaves behind his wife Maria and his daughter Donka.

Konstantin poems have been translated into many European languages and he has been recognized with a number of national awards for poetry and literature making him very reputed and acclaimed. His most popular works of poetry are “Sweet Agony” (1991), “The Murder of the Sleeping Man” (1992) and “A Long Time Ago…” (1998). He made history and gained immense experience from his great career. 1980, saw him get granted the Grand Prix at the Karlovy Vary film festival for his screenplay of the film “Illusion”.

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