Georgi Tenev

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Georgi Tenev
Born 9 October 1969
Sofia, Bulgaria
Nationality Bulgarian
Occupation novelist, short story writer, playwright

Georgi Tenev (born 9 October 1969, Sofia, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian novelist, short story writer, playwright and film/TV screenwriter.[1]

Major topics in Tenev’s works are the cultural and ideological void in the post-totalitarian societies and the consequent emerging of counter-cultures; the fall of utopias and the social amnesias. Recurring narratives in his novels and plays are also quasi-religion and disbelief, barbarism and revolution, the Holocaust, problem of evil, theodicy. In his recent writings he often addresses environmental issues.

His collection Holy Light (Altera, 2009) is a book of science fiction short stories featuring mainly issues of political correctness/incorrectness and biopolitics treated in a provocative way: racism, ownership over human’s reproductive functions, sexual difference, discrimination, violence. Other topics addressed in the story collection are pain and eroticism and different political and cultural values attributed to sexuality. In 2010 translator Angela Rodel was awarded with a PEN Translation Fund Grant to support the translation of the book.[2]

Tenev’s novel Party Headquarters (Altera 2007) deals with the social paradoxes of the post-communist Bulgarian society. The key metaphor here is the Chernobyl disaster. It won the Vick Foundation Award for Novel of the Year (2007).[3] "Georgi Tenev examines the most recent past by avoiding taboos and using distinct words - it is a philosophical dealing with memory which uses powerful imagery." [4]

In August 2011 "Returning to the Hague" [5] from the Holy Light collection was published in the online edition of Granta. "On the Beautiful Blue Danube" from the same collection appeared in 2014 Issue of Bat City Review.

Georgi Tenev’s artistic project A Monument of My Memory (6 May 2013) offers an archival and biographical reading of a specific historical fact and the way it is perceived today. It exhibited 200 photo reproductions of commemorative plaques with the names of Bulgarian soldiers and officers having died in the two Balkan Wars and World War I (1912–1913). The plaques were once a part of a real monument and were now shown on the façade of the Sofia Art Gallery on the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of the original Roll of Honour Memorial. Georgi Tenev developed this project jointly with sculptors Natalia Todorova, Ivana Nencheva and Iliya Novachev, designer Gars, photographers Krassimir Stoichkov and Petar Yordanov and film director Lyubomir Pechev.

Tenev co-wrote the script for Alienation (Otchuzhdenie); the film premiered internationally in the Official Selection of Venice Days ('le Giornate degli Autori') in the frame of the 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival. By the end of the year 2013 Alienation won four international awards.[6]


Books by Tenev include:[7]


  • Alienation (2013), (co-written with M.Lazarov, K.Todorov); director: Milko Lazarov; with Christos Stergioglou, Mariana Zhikich. World premiere at the 10th edition of Venice Days (Venice Film Festival), Official Selection;[8] winning the FEDORA Award (Federation of Film Critics of Europe) and special mention of the "Europe Cinemas Label". Awarded The KCB Award for 'Best Bulgarian feature' at the 17th Sofia International Film Festival.[9] Grand prize in the "1-2 competition" at the 29th Warsaw International Film Festival, “for the unadorned and poetic narration of a fundamental theme.[10]
  • Houben Paints Money (2012),[11] documentary; writer and director.
  • Holy Light (2010),[12] writer and director.


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