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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  2,698 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Животът на един мъж неочаквано се проваля. Той се опитва да разкаже битието си, но то все му се изплъзва и се прелива в естествена история на клозета, на мухата, на пчелите. Животът му мистериозно съвпада със съдбите на други двама герои – един редактор (негов съименник) и един луд градинар (естественик). Когато личната история на един човек се скапе, не му остава нищо дру ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published 2007 by Жанет-45 (first published 1999)
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MJ Nicholls
Quite highly appraised among Goodreaders, but I wasn’t entirely sold on the technique(s). The posit is that the author is writing a novel of beginnings that might form a coherent linkage on its own terms, and the novel we’re reading becomes such a novel, in a postmodern stylee. Hmm. Obviously he hasn’t read If On A Winter's Night A Traveller, which does this already and brilliantly.

Since the Calvino slander fails, we’re left with the other ideas: a novel about nothing (Seinfeld: The Novel), a ‘n
Thrupthi (Trips) Reddy
This dizzying, twisted often confusing novel about the narrator who breaks up with his girlfriend (Emma) for cheating on him and getting pregnant with another man's baby, is an unusual description of his gradual degeneration. Although stories of people's lives falling apart are generally disturbing, this book somehow manages to consitently amuse the reader most peppered with the narrator's sarcastic observations and his rambling thoughts that drift effortlessly between fact and fiction with such ...more
Feb 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eastern-europe
Gospodinov's "Natural Novel" is a clear reminder of the mysteries and delights hiding in Eastern Europe. It's a sad, funny, acerbic, and unsettling story, with nods to both Calvino and Borges for the multiple narrators and intertextual games. The basic premise is simple enough: the editor, Georgi Gospodinov, is releasing a memoir by his vanished namesake, Georgi Gospodinov the author, who chronicles the breakup of his marriage and his discovery that his wife is pregnant with another man's child. ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was recommended to me by my Literature teacher, a person whose opinion i truly value highly.
The book itself though, somehow sums up the state of our modern literature - a small number of books being published and the few who succeed, i don't know how or really why.
I can appreciate the effort the writter have put into it, but it was confusing, disorganised and without even a shred of something resembling plot or storyline.
I DO recommend it though, as a light reading that doesn't deman
Nov 11, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
For me "Natural Novel" was something tasteless. Gave me impression the beginning is there just to prevent people from putting the book away, to shock them and disappoint afterwards.
Feb 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of my around the world book challenge for Bulgaria and challenging it certainly was although not without some merit and occasional flashes of interest. The book's form is that of a series of short burst reflections on everything imaginable or perhaps unimaginable including toilet etiquette, creating a novel from famous books opening paragraphs , and the form of a bible for flies. The book is really about a mans disintegration on learning of his wife's pregnancy by another man ...more
Jun 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
Sure, some of the po-mo tricks may be a bit dated, but the conceit works with this surprisingly heartfelt novel. I fall short of awarding it 5-stars if only because I have to read it again to be sure, but this has all the makings of a classic. By telling the story of the dissolution of a marriage through a "natural novel," Gospodinov captures the very real manner in which we avoid our heartbreak by seeking consolation in distraction. I recommend it highly.
Adam Lowy
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-stuff
This is what a post- modern novel can be . Not gimmicks for the sake of being provocative or puzzling. Some of the ideas laid out: a novel of first chapters ( I read one once, I think?) ; atoms combining and separating to stuff , to void; the Bible of flies in power over people; the language of plants...these all meld together to a psychedelic oneness. Moving/funny/ powerful.
Jan 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Definitely not as good as The Physics of Sorrow. A lot of the stories were adorable and entertaining, yet naive. It absolutely shows it's his first novel and even if it's challenging and unique, considering it in the context of his work, I can't give it a 4.
Sum doesn't equal the parts. But inventive and often quite fun.
Pavel Kolev
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading it for the 3rd time... Still gripes my throat from the first page and release the grip days after the last word...
Yet this Novel of Beginnings will describe nothing. It will only give the initial impetus and will subtly move into the shadow of the next opening leaving the characters to connect as they may. That's what I would call a Natural Novel.
Lyubomir Vasilev
A brilliant debut by Georgi Gospodinov. Quite experimental and very meta, grabbed me from the first pages and kept my interest throughout. The plot was non-linear and it took a while to understand what the book is about - maybe at a few points it drifted off but in general I felt it was quite well constructed. Maybe it's not a perfect book but it's certainly interesting and ambitious, and the author was comfortable to just experiment with his ideas and not worry about whether it would be a succe ...more
May 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very weird. Lots of feeling. Atmosphere.
2.5/5 or 5/10
Szimonetta Csóka
May 25, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Read the world: Bulgaria

There are some slightly humorous parts in the book, but mostly it’s just a tasteless, confusing, unorganized mess. Didn't like it at all.
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Brookes
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Georgi Gospodinov's "Natural Novel" is set mainly on the outskirts of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia. This is quite a short book (136 pages)
but this does not mean that this is an insignificant novel - quite the contrary...

On the face of it, this novel should not have been as enjoyable as it was - it is very experimental in form and content, with a fractured structure and a number of digressions as varied as a history of toilets and the possibility of literature by flies (even a Fly Bible). These m
Juan Pablo
AS someone (oftentimes) resolutely committed to the arts & letters, I've grown keen to the meta-meta-meta process of examination and creation of method upon recognition of the different levels of existence within which my experience takes place...what I call "a living" and what artists of all sorts will have crafted to sort out through their very being. Some artists will not content themselves with anything less than the forefront of this ebullient tracing of the spirit upon the landscape of the ...more
Worth flipping through for the Natural History of the Toilet and the chapter composed of opening lines from different texts (the juxtaposition of the intro to Catcher in the Rye with David Copperfield is pretty fucking brilliant, hands-down) though the in-text explication of the latter exercise was tedious and too self-congratulatory.

This book allowed me to pass several hours in a Greyhound bathroom with a certain quiet joy. Except the whole book is plagued by too much of too little. I wanted mo
Jaimie Lau
A book that could have been a lot better than it was. Although loosely following the narrator's failed marriage and subsequent divorce, the plot serves as little more than a jumping off point for the descent into a number of musings, recollections and general farce. It also deals with the very act of writing a novel and follows the narrator's train of thought rather than any logical structure. The writer gets bogged down in chapters concerning the natural history of (amongst other things) the to ...more
Jan 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Natural Novel is a very compact novel of a time when I was not already born but on my way so I have some kind of feeling about it. It is a novel about my childhood memories and some memories I'm not sure I have to remember. Made me think of what's been like to think of so many things that are not quite serious and you don't want to sink into them but actually they have such a great impact on your personality and as individual that you wish you had thought of them. Sexual in a way that is so simp ...more
Deep and funny. A highly praised novel with quite interesting and innovative techniques. Although not coherent enough for my taste, I have to say I enjoyed it quite a lot. Using toilet and the human-related activities on it Gospodinov delivers a fractal novel including a good mixture of existential and social reflections with humor. And all these on cynical background coupled with raw realism. What’s not to like?
It got boring at some parts (especially if you are not a literature expert) but over
Mar 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A story of a man's gradually crumbling relationship with his wife which ends when she becomes pregnant with another man's child. The author reflects not just on the relationship, but on a myriad of other topics. A book seen through the eye of a fly, where each facet is examined separately and it is up to the mind to put all the images together. Magnificently funny and reflective.
Sep 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of Borges, kind of Calvino (more Borges) but with a distinctly Bulgarian flavor (ho-ho! not sure I can name another Bulgarian writer for comparison). Has the quality of being short and fairly funny, both good qualities when investing time in an unknown quantity - also noteworthy (only to a few) that it was found on the ordinarily crappy kitchen library shelf at my job.
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fuschia by: Best European Fiction 2010
What an odd little book, pretty intriquing in many ways (although the last part fell apart for me). A bit Gogolian? Would be curious to read his other works. This author had the only story I liked in Best European Fiction 2010. Bulgarian.
Linda Street-Ely
Quirky is right. Definitely full of sadness and emptiness. It took me a while to get into it, and I almost quit after the first chapter, but I'm glad I stuck with it. Not because I loved the story, but because of the author's unusual artistic way of telling this story. I appreciate the unusual.
Feb 24, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really different read. Good.
Nov 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very light and slightly ironic story
Nov 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great novel, like a fly's eye
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Georgi Gospodinov is a writer, poet and playwright based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He studied Bulgarian Philology at Sofia University. Later he defended a PhD on New Bulgarian literature with the Bulgaria Academy of Science's Institute for Literature. He is one of the most translated Bulgarian authors after 1989. He published the first Bulgarian graphic novel The Eternal Fly (Вечната муха).

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“Във всяка секунда на този свят има една дълга върволица от плачещи хора и една по-малка от смеещи се.
Но има и трета върволица, която вече не плаче и вече не се смее.
Най-тъжната от трите. За нея ми се говори.”
“Никога няма да бъдем толкова обичани, колкото в детството си. И затова детството е жестоко време. Неговата жестокост е в предстоящото. Къде се губи тази любов след време? Защо цял живот после искаме да ни обичат така, както са ни обичали като деца, без причина, поради едничкия факт, че съществуваме?” 45 likes
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