Мисия Лондон (E–pub Download) Ü Alek Popov
I finished reading this book within two days and had to laugh out Loud While Reading It while reading it absurd story and the bizarre characters are ust fun to read about It is a fun book easy to readfor me it took 2 days and it leaves the right impression about the Bulgarian realityand culture uite interesting compared to the contemporary literature in Bulgaria it s worth reading Varadin Dimitrov the new Bulgarian ambassador in London should have announced his arrival at his duty station earlier But he prefers to catch his embassy staff by surprise and much to his dismay he "Realizes That A Lot "that a lot things are not going too well in this important outpost of Bulgarian diplomacy The cook a crucial person in each embassy as it seems is not only caught in dubious business deals with a failed actor and his even doubtful associate of probably Siberian origin he has also a true Xanthippe as a wife and even worse he obviously had never access to the treatise On the hierarchy of the diameter a never published dissertation which makes its rounds secretly in diplomatic circles because it explains the difficult art to make sandwiches of the right size as the Ambassador difficult art to make sandwiches of the right size as the Ambassador from a guest at his first reception We will never Its ok It does not come together at the end Took me a little while to really start enjoying this but I did and it was laugh out loud funny in a couple of places with a great ending Really funny unusual I liked it a lot It could have gone on for another 200 pages and I would not have minded The book follows the attempts of Varadin the new Bulgarian ambassador and his attempts to put on a high class char. Alek Popov is a leading figure on Bulgaria's contemporary literature scene Having written numerous award winning short stories and scripts which have been translated into over a dozen languages Mission London is his first novel In a style something like Pulp Fiction it tackles the behaviour of Bulgaria's new elite on the eve of accessionThe action is set in an Eastern European embassy in London Alek himself worked in the Bulgarian embassy in London in 1997 98 The background of the book is very real for this reason I wasn't intending to write this book actually but over time the mate. .
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Ko Konstantinov I have to admit I felt similarly while reading the book one can t help but make associations with Bai Ganyo as one reads about the skirmishes and schemings of the Bulgarians at the UK embassy It is perhaps all too superficial of me to take issue with precisely this underlying theme of the novel "I KNOW AND UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE ISSUES AND "know and understand some of the Issues And That The and that the in Mission London face but knowing also how different and complex emotions can be for a person in a foreign environment I can t help but think that Popov presents things a bit one sidedly This of course could be Popov s choice for very good reasons and taking a nuanced look would not perhaps have helped drive the book s point across as convincingly but the fact is I feel as if Popov relied a bit too much on formulaic set ups Nevertheless the writing is unobtrusive and even I would say elegant the plot is uite absorbing despite the handful of far fetched moments especially but not only towards the end and I would not hesitate to recommend the book to a Bulgarian and hell even non Bulgarian friend Being convinced that it is indeed very difficult to write good humor books especially on contemporary topics without sounding too hipster y vulgar or over political I say Alek Popov did a pretty good ob Hope to see Bulgarian books of this and higher uality soon A very interesting and deliciously self deprecating modern story about Bulgarian society A little bittersweet but overall one of the few good Bulgarian books published in the last decadeIf you haven t lived here for atleast an year you probably won t fully understand the humour. Ion and for a new image of both the elite and the ordinary citizen It looks at how ordinary people from Eastern Europe are trying to adapt to the West and be part of a greater Europe a process which involves the disruption of many illusionsOn the other side it is about perceptions the West has about itself and about Eastern Europe Alek wants to invert the balance in which it was traditionally the West that imagined or colonised other cultures by writing about them from a Western standpoint This book is also an attempt to colonise the West through the view of the Eastern European ord. Ity event for his benefactor Unfortunately underlings and associates all have their own motivations and schemes that uickly get in the way be these unsafe pyrotechnics or microchipped ducks The humour is incredibly accessible to a British readership yet different parts are still deliciously Bulgarian There is a lot going on in different places and the characters are captured well as is the general atmosphere of non responsibility and self serving one would expect to find in the diplomatic service However considering how much work was put into the different characters and their arcs a bigger and cohesive payoff was probably reuired and "The Katya Story Became Non Coherent And Unnecessary Rather Uickly "Katya story became non coherent and unnecessary rather uickly was disappointed with this book Despite being a satirehumour I really didn t find it very funny at all and I found myself bored with all the characters in t I am getting a bit softer with the ratings I think In fact I am not completely sure whether to give Mission London 3 or 4 stars but since it is one of the few contemporary novels I read recently that was actually decently written ok plus it s Bulgarian I thought it should get 4 from meMission London is a short ish book set in present day London with the story taking place in or around the Bulgarian embassy in the UK It is a humorous novel about the inner struggles and often uite petty ambitions of employees of the embassy The back cover of the edition I read had an excerpt from a review of the book which says It is very tempting to compare Alek Popov s self irony and piercing satire with those of classical Bulgarian author and Popov s namesake Ale. Rial started accumulating and I felt I must write something about it There was too much precious material to be lost It's the small details that I like they are completely realAs for the characters Some of the main characters have something to do with real people but in the end it turned out that they evolved into archetypes of characters from the Transition The Transition the time after the fall of Communism was a period of change from the old Socialist ways to democracy This brought with it struggles for a new identityThe main strands of the plot chart the struggle for representat.