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Add to researchKapka Kassabova

Kapka  Kassabova

Liz March

Born
Bulgaria
Genre
Poetry, Non-Fiction, Fiction
 
 
Biography
Raised in Communist Bulgaria, university-educated in New Zealand, and now resident in Scotland, Kapka Kassabova is the author of two acclaimed travel memoirs, two novels, and four poetry collections.

She is also a regular contributor to newspapers, including The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and her work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Her travel essays have twice won the Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award (New Zealand)

Her travel memoirs are Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria (2008), about coming of age at the end of Communism in Bulgaria. It was shortlisted for the 2009 Prix du Livre Europeen and the 2009 Dolman Best Travel Book Award. Twelve Minutes of Love (2011) was shortlisted for the 2012 Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Book Award (Non-Fiction).

Her novels are Reconnaisance (1999), winner of the 2000 Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book) and Villa Pacifica (2011), set in south America.

She published two collections of poetry in New Zealand - All Roads Lead to the Sea (1997) and Dismemberment (1998). Her recent collections are Someone Else's Life (2003), which includes work from the two previous collections along with new work; and Geography for the Lost (2007).

Kapka Kassabova's work has been translated into several languages.

 

Bibliography

2011
Villa Pacifica, Alma Books
2011
Twelve Minutes of Love, Portobello
2008
Street Without A Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria, Portobello
2007
Geography for the Lost, Bloodaxe
2003
Someone Else's Life, Bloodaxe
1999
Reconaissance, Penguin (New Zealand)
1998
Dismemberment, Auckland University Press
1997
All Roads Lead to the Sea, Auckland University Press

Awards

2012
Scottish Mortgage Investment Book Award (Non-Fiction), Twelve Minutes of Love, shortlist
2009
Prix du Livre Europeen, Street Without A Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria, shortlist
2009
Dolman Best Travel Book Award (Non-Fiction), Street Without A Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria, shortlist
2004
Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award (New Zealand)
2002
Cathay Pacific Travel Writer of the Year Award (New Zealand)
2000
Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book), Reconnaissance
1999
Montana Book Awards Deutz Medal (New Zealand), Reconnaisance, shortlist
1998
Montana Book Award (New Zealand) All Roads Lead to the Sea, All Roads Lead to the Sea, shortlist
1998
Jessie Mackay Best First Book Award for Poetry (New Zealand), All Roads Lead to the Sea, All Roads Lead to the Sea, shortlist