is a Bulgarian novelist, short story writer, essayist and scriptwriter. Eight collections of his short stories have been published in Bulgarian to date and his short stories have been included in all major anthologies of contemporary Bulgarian prose. His first novel, Mission: London, based on his experience as Cultural Attaché at the Bulgarian Embassy in the UK, is one of the most popular books in Bulgaria reflecting the transition. It has been translated into many languages including German (Residenz Verlag) and English and will be filmed in 2009. His second novel, The Black Box, was published in Bulgaria in 2007 and translated into German that same year under the title Die Hunde fliegen tief (Residenz Verlag 2007). More info on Alek Popov's publications in German.
As consumer culture permeates politics, the man-in-the street has slipped beyond the control of his creators and taken on a life of his own. According to Alek Popov, this ubiquitous character has performed his role in history and now needs to be removed from circulation. [more]