“Welcome Nathan!” tells a story which is a rarity to hear and which is an even bigger rarity to be read. The loss of a child seems like an wound which is impossible to go through and which usually stays locked in silence where it delves an abys.
This books has an unusual birth. Its biography starts with apocalypse but it doesn’t stay there; it gradually rises to the upper lands… ‘Welcome Nathan!’ is the story of a resurrection for life, told in first person – literature which has the capacity to heal as it has been written by the wounded healer.
Dobrina Topalova, Literary critic and editor
This is a story which shakes you emotionally. There is a tragic event which the merciless Fate offers instead of the expected joy from the appearance of a new life. With frankness that reveals the author’s vulnerability but at the same time with the delicacy and tenderness so typical for her, Irina Papancheva takes us to the epicenter of what has happened. To be able to do this requires not only an exceptional braveness but also a great writer’s talent.
Dimil Stoilov, writer
„Welcome Nathan!“ is a horror told in an imperturbable way. Or a chaos told in an ordered way. Something like: ‘Is this your first child?’ ‘I lost my child – I said – and yes, it was the first one’ ‘Oh I am sorry.’ ‘It’s alright.’ Composed to the extent of being discreet – despite the revealing details. I think that exactly this filigree coolness has helped the author to tell so many things in the framework of the plot. As well as to make the end logical. A very personal story, written with the fine and exquisite language, typical for Irina Papancheva
Hristo Karastoyanov, writer