Valentin Fortunov

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Valentin Fortunov
Born Valentin Ivanov Fortunov
15 August 1957
Burgas, Bulgaria
Died (2014-03-09)9 March 2014 (aged 56)
Tvarditsa, Bulgaria
Occupation novelist
Nationality Bulgarian
Genre Thrillers
Notable works Vox Dei
Spouse Diana Fortunova
Children Ivan, Zlatena, Alexander

Valentin Fortunov (Bulgarian Cyrillic, Валентин Фъртунов 15 August 1957 – 9 March 2014) was a Bulgarian writer, publisher and journalist.[1]


Valentin Fortunov is a journalist who reported on the collapse of the Communist regime in Bulgaria. He also conducted and published a famous and unprecedented book from the last Bulgarian Communist president, Todor Zhivkov, shortly after his overthrow (Against Some Lies, Dolphin Press, Burgas, 1993).

In 1990 he founded Bulgaria’s first private publishing company (Dolphin Press) and translated and published the works of many Western writers including John le Carré, Jeffrey Archer, Rex Stout, Dominick Dunne, Harold Robbins and others. He also published a wide range of business books (translated from English) and introduced direct marketing to post-Communist Bulgaria. He is General Editor of Dolphin’s Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias series including over 30 hardcover volumes in all aspects of business and commercial law. Trud Publishing House releases in September 2008 the new World Business Encyclopaedia, grand volume, whose General Editor is Valentin Fortunov. He published under the penname Maximillian Strugatzky (co-authoring with Artemida Senkevich) the first book of the multivolume International History of the Serial Killers – American Killers.

Besides his various intellectual activity and wide interests and capacity Valentin Fortunov is most popular with his thrillers – Vox Dei and Bastet and his classical social mystery A Mystery at Christmas Time.

He was determined to finish his third thriller The Devil’s Aftershave.

Valentin Fortunov has MA degree from Sofia University St. Climent Ohridski. Fluent in English and Russian.


  • Operation Vox Dei, 2005
  • Bastet, 2005
  • K like Killer, 2006
  • Mystery at Christmas Time, 2007


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