The Lady with the X-Ray Eyes

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The Lady With the X-Ray Eyes
Author Svetoslav Minkov
Original title Дамата с рентгеновите очи
Country  Bulgaria
Language Bulgarian
Genre science fiction, absurdism
Publication date
1934
Published in English
1965
Media type hardcover

The Lady With the X-Ray Eyes (Bulgarian: Дамата с рентгеновите очи) is an absurdist fiction novel by Bulgarian writer Svetoslav Minkov, first published in Germany in 1934. It contains many sarcastic, parodic, diabolic and absurdist elements concerning the superficial nature of modern society.[1] With this work Minkov laid the foundations of Bulgarian science fiction.[2]

Title[edit]

The title is composed of two principal elements: the word "lady" (дама, "dama"), which in Bulgarian can signify both a dame and a woman in line with the fashion trends of her time. X-ray photography was rapidly advancing in the 1930s, and the use of the term can provoke a scientific interest and demonstrates how science can also become a tool of imposing superficiality.

Plot[edit]

Mimi Trompeeva is a young woman who suffers from severe strabismus. She decides to treat her condition by visiting a "beautification institute" headed by Chezario Galfone, a brilliant surgeon capable of turning "even the most disgusting freak into an angel". He manages to cure her crossed eyes, but also gives her the ability to see through materials, including inside people's bodies.

However, Mimi does not use her new gift for good - instead, she begins to seek the physically perfect male, without regard for intellect or talent. The story follows Mimi's evolution into a slave of her own looks and social environment - a hollow person whose feelings of love are a mere infatuation with the trends of the modern era.

Publishing[edit]

The Lady With the X-Ray Eyes was first published in series in the German magazine Projektor in 1934. It was translated in Polish in 1960.

Its first English edition appeared in 1965, translated by the Moscow Foreign Languages Press.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Документална книга разказва за Светослав Минков, Bulgarian National Radio, 21 June 2011.

    Определян като „баща” на модерната българска фантастика, през годините той ще напише забележителни творби в този жанр. Един от емблематичните му разкази например е „Дамата с рентгеновите очи” – истински бисер на сатиричната фантастика.


    Translation:

    The father of modern Bulgarian fiction, [Minkov] writes numerous works in this genre throughout the years. One of his emblematic works is "The Lady with the X-Ray Eyes" - a jewel of satirical fiction.

  3. ^ The lady with the X-ray eyes, knizhen-pazar.net

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