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Kiril Bozhinov


Website: KirilBozhinov.wordpress.com

Macedonian-born Kiril Bozhinov has worked as music journalist, written and co-directed Chichikov and the Big-Nosed Devil, which was performed in London, and been published in several independent magazines, including Interlude Magazine, The High Horse, and 2020 Magazine.

Short Story Collections

Beyond Art, 2008

Reviewed by Elizabeth Rutherford-Johnson

 Interview with Kiril Bozhinov 

The Short Review: How long did it take you to write all the stories in your collection?

Kiril Bozhinov: It took a year to complete the collection. On average each story took 2-3 days, including editing, etc.

TSR: Did you have a collection in mind when you were writing them?

KB: At the beginning not at all. I think it was after five-six stories I realised they can live in a collection.

TSR: How did you choose which stories to include and in what order?

KB: Coincidentally, seven of the eight stories, when completed, had very similar number of words. I think the difference between the minimum and maximum was something like 150 words. Then I thought of bringing them to the same number of words, idea that luckily I discarded pretty soon. So, the order goes from longest to shortest.

TSR: What does the word "story" mean to you?

KB:  Annihilation, mystification, unmasking, abstaining … anything but entertainment.

TSR: Do you have a "reader" in mind when you write stories?

KB:  Not particularly. Maybe a ‘curious’ reader.

TSR: Is there anything you'd like to ask someone who has read your collection, anything at all?

KB: Did it make sense?

TSR: How does it feel knowing that people are buying your book?

KB: I think same as when I am buying other people’s books.

TSR: What are you working on now?

KB: A novel about a lexicologist.

TSR: What are the three most recent short story collections you've read?

KBThe Comic Stories by Chekhov; The New Dubliners – Short stories by Irish writers; and Paul Bowles – Stories;