Alek Popov

 Alek Popov

Novel: Mission London 

ALEK POPOV’s short stories have been published in many languages including German, Polish, Czech, Serbian, Turkish, Italian, English, Croatian, and Slovenian. Alek Popov is author of the novel Mission London based on his colourful impressions as Cultural Attaché to the Bulgarian Embassy in the UK. Mission London has been translated into 14 languages to date. The film after the novel became the most frequented Bulgarian movie for the last 20 years. It won the Unbribable Award of Transparency International Croatia’s program “Culture against Corruption” in 2011.

Popov’s second novel The Black Box appeared in German, Serbian, Turkish and Polish. His most recent play – Blacksmiths was put on stage in 2012 and was nominated for the Askreer Awards. A story based on the play was included in the anthology of Best European Fiction 2011 (Dalkey Archive Press). Popov’s third novel The Palavei Sisters was published in spring 2013.

For his literary works Popov has received numerous awards including the Elias Canetti Prize 2007, the Helikon Prize 2002, and the National Drama Award Ivan Radoev. In 2012 Alek Popov was elected a corresponding member of the Bulgarian Academy of Science in the field of Arts. He is a member of the board of the Bulgarian PEN Centre and a member of the editorial board of Granta-Bulgaria magazine.