ALBENA STAMBOLOVA's novel Everything Happens as It Does is the winner of the 2012 Bulgarian Novel Contest of the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation and Open Letter Books at the University of Rochester. It was published in English by Open Letter Books in November 2013.
In 2014, the British Embassy marks the centenary of its residence, one of the most iconic buildings in Central Sofia. To celebrate the occasion, the embassy is launching a series of events to mark the strong connections between Britain and Bulgaria.
As we sit down for some early morning tea in the splendid British residence in Central Sofia on an overcast winter day my thoughts jump back to my first encounter with Jonathan Allen, the current British ambassador to Bulgaria. It took place a little over two years ago.
Naruhito is from Hiroshima. He does not remember the bomb, but he remembers his grandfather without arms and legs. Ten years he lived this way, then was buried in a coffin no bigger than a violin case.