About the book
Gerard takes his wife Marina to Fuerteventura, hoping that the island will heal her suffering soul after a tragedy she has gone through
Carla and Gerd, infectedby the virus of surf, come back to Fuerteventura to ride the waves.
A writer comes to Fuerteventura to write a novel about the exile of the Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno.
Emilyan, a photographer who lives on Fuerteventura, devotedly recreates it with his camera, while maintaining a long-distance relationship with Eva.
What happens when all of them meet?
Surf, stories of passion, past and present, different voices and strange tales – all of them can be found in the novel “She, the island” like pieces of a puzzle which only the reader can put together.
An engaging plot, exquisite language, curious fates: “She, the island” is a real aesthetic, intellectual and emotional experience.
„On the bare island, we were all naked. And each next step of ours or a seeming decision would lead to the inevitable dénouement. I had come to write a novel. In reality, I was a character in a novel. The novel, which the island was writing.”
Irina Papancheva, “She, the island”
“The novel “She, the island” is engaging already with its first pages. The dynamics multi-layerness, the accent of the contemporary relationships between young and modern people, combined with a philosophical reference to the past, storylines which can be used for a film – all of this created the premise for me to believe that the book will be a success”.
Nadejda Deleva, Editor-in-chief, Trud publishing house
“She, the island” is a multi-layered and polyphonic novel, interesting not only because of the exotic place where the plot unfolds, but also because of the deep revealing of modern relationships in a globalized world, when everyone can meet anyone anywhere. In this geographical-discovery domain, the contemporary Bulgarian literature is still relatively scarce of good titles. And “She, the island” is undoubtedly a good title of a good book.”
Mitko Novkov, Literary critic
“She, the island” covers directly or indirectly a wide range of topics: spiritual quests, beliefs and choices; cultural heteronomy; the necessity of perseverance and support, which are so atypical to modernity, albeit embedded in the very human nature; the pursuit of the spiritual and physical completeness of the experience in its most primitive and rationalised forms; the boundary between the earthly and the sublime; the immense and at the same time fleeting world, along with the diversity of impressions it evokes; the impossibility of happiness being tamed or grasped. Bulgarian novels, which convey such a colourful palette of questions and interpretations, with their own vision and message, are rare and of real value.”
Nikolay Todorov, Translator and reviewer“She, the island” /excerpt .pdf format/