| Georgi Gospodinov

Georgi Gospodinov (1968), one of the most translated and awarded Bulgarian authors had his literary debut in the 1990s with the poetry collections Lapidarium (1992, South Spring Award) and The Cherry Tree of a People (1996, several editions by now). His next poetry books are Letters to Gaustine, the anthological collection Baladies and Maladies, and the most recent, Where We Are Not (2016, The Quill Award for Poetry). His poems had been selected for European and world anthologies, and his poetry books were published in Germany, Macedonia, Romanian, The Czech Republic, Portugal…  Gospodinov’s Natural Novel came out in more than 20 languages all over the world. His second novel, The Physics of Sorrow, was awarded Jan Michalski Prize for literature, Central European Angelus Award and was finalist for six international prizes in Europe and the US, including Premio Strega Europeo, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Preis (Berlin) and American PEN Translation Prize. The novel was praised by The New Yorker, Die Zeit, Liberation, etc. Weddings of Animals and Things, children book written and drawn together by Gospodinov and his daughter, Raya, appeared in 2015. “Blind Vaysha”, a short animation (dir. Theo Ushev) based on Gospodinov’s short story from his book, “And Other Stories”, made it to the Academy Awards nominees in 2017.  In 2017-2018 Gospodinov is awarded with the New York Public Library fellowship at the Cullman Center

Hey Jude, 7’09”

It’s the longest track ever and if you can’t score with a woman in that time, you are the biggest loser in the Universe.” (Gaustin, Grade VIc)

It’s the longest track ever,
just that: 7’09”.
7 minutes and 9 seconds,
your hands electric
with the mohair of her jumper.
7 minutes and 9 seconds,
to tell her your most glamourous story.
7 minutes and 9 seconds,
you are dizzy,
it’s hard to believe
but you are spinning around,
it’s hard to believe but she is spinning
around you,
yes, she is spinning around.
7 minutes and 9 seconds.

Never again,
never at all,
(though you don’t know it yet)
will you be in love
with a woman
for this long.

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