is a Bulgarian-German writer. Born in 1965 in Sofia, Bulgaria, he fled with his family to Germany in 1971. He currently lives in Vienna, Austria. He is a regular contributor to the German newspaper taz and a contributing editor at Wespennest.Trojanow's books include: An den inneren Ufern Indiens (Along the Ganges, 2003, in English 2005); Zu den heiligen Quellen des Islam (2004); Der Weltensammler (The collector of worlds, 2006; in English 2008) ; Gebrauchsanweisung für Indien (2006); Die fingierte Revolution. Bulgarien, eine exemplarische Geschichte (2006); Angriff auf die Freiheit (2009, together with Juli Zeh); and the "climate change novel" EisTau (2011). In August 2015, Trojanow's new novel Macht und Widerstand will be published by S. Fischer.
In the wake of the technological revolution that is the Internet, writes Ilija Trojanow, principles of self-organization and collaboration might be expected to replace established hierarchies and concentrations of power. Instead, the technologies of surveillance now available to states have never been more intrusive. [Lithuanian version added] [more]
One of the most important and ominous aspects of the NSA scandal is the secretive essence of the system, writes Ilija Trojanow: transparency is clearly the biggest enemy of the alleged guardians of freedom. This much Trojanow now knows from personal experience. [more]
Report from Bombay
Whoever serves in Bombay's city administration and uses the word "slum" simultaneously means "encroachment". The laager mentality of Bombay's rich has led to a social apartheid where slums are cleared to make way -- quite literally -- for golf courses. [more]