Big Read (Bulgaria)

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The Big Read (Bulgarian: Голямото четене, trans. Golyamoto chetene) was a survey initiated by the Bulgarian National Television, the goal of which was to find the favorite book of Bulgarians. Based on the BBC campaign of 2003, Golyamoto chetene started in October 2008[1]and finished on 25 March 2009 with the announcement of the winner. Initially Bulgarian public voted for any book they wished.[1] Based on those votes a list of the top 100 books was drawn up. The 12 books that headed the list were put forward for further voting, which had to determine the winner.

Top twelve[edit]

Title
Author
Name
Nationality
1 Under the Yoke Ivan Vazov
Bulgaria
2 Vreme razdelno ("Time of Parting") Anton Donchev
Bulgaria
3 Tyutyun ("Tobacco") Dimitar Dimov
Bulgaria
4 Zhelezniat svetilnik ("The iron oil lamp") Dimitar Talev
Bulgaria
5 The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
France
6 The Master and Margarita Mikhail Bulgakov
Soviet Union
7 The Lord of the Rings J. R. R. Tolkien
United Kingdom
8 East of Eden John Steinbeck
United States
9 Osadeni dushi ("Doomed souls") Dimitar Dimov
Bulgaria
10 The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
France
11 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
United Kingdom
12 One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel García Márquez
Colombia

Winners by nationality[edit]

Winners in the Big Read Campaign in Bulgaria in 2009
by Author's Nationality
Author's nationality Books Author's nationality Books
1  Bulgaria 24 8  Colombia 2
2  USA 20  Czech 2
3  United Kingdom 19  Italy 2
4  Germany 8 9  Australia 1
5  France 6  Brazil 1
6  Russia 5  Chile 1
7  USSR 3  Greece 1
 Sweden 3  Poland 1
 Spain 1

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Big Read - program and rules". 4etene.bnt.bg. Archived from the original on 13 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 

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