Dimitar Dimov

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Dimitar Todorov Dimov (Bulgarian: Димитър Тодоров Димов, 25 June 1909 – 1 April 1966) was a Bulgarian dramatist, novelist, and veterinary surgeon.


Born in Lovech, he is best known for his best-selling novel Tobacco (Bulgarian: Тютюн, translit. Tyutyun), which was made into the 1962 film Tobacco, directed by Nikola Korabov. Dimov's "Tobacco" is the story of the socialist movement in Bulgaria the pre- WWII era. The whole work from cover to cover, tries to enter the reader in the struggle of the tobacco workers to survive, to organize against the landowner's oppression - and as a consequence against their political role in the mid-war era.

From this work, Dimov is trying to show the significance of the organized struggle, contacted by the young Communist Party of Bulgaria against the land-owners in affiliation to the newly founded Soviet Union.

Tobacco became the "Bible" of the Communists in the Balkan region, as it shows how working class can become from a bunch of slaves to the ruling class in a country. And that is mainly the reason the Dimov was widely respected among the Bulgarians, even after the 1988 turn over.

Other novels authored by Dimov are Lieutenant Benz and Doomed Souls. His plays included Holiday in Arko Iris and Women with a Past.[1]

Dimov died in Bucharest, Romania. There is a bust of Dimov in the Borisova gradina park behind the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia. His daughter, Theodora Dimova, is also a writer. In addition, a number of elementary schools across Bulgaria are named in his honor (particularly in Lovech, his hometown, and in Plovdiv).


  1. ^ Rubin, Don (1994). The World encyclopedia of contemporary theatre. Taylor and Francis. p. 159. ISBN 0-415-05928-3. 


  • Димитър Веселинов. Френската лексика в романа "Тютюн" [The French words in the novel Tobacco], София, Сиела, 2009, 304 с

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