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There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings." 

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 

Roots and wings are the key words that best describe the short story collection. The book is emotionally multilayered and memorable because of its internal power, vitality and ability to touch both the heart and your mind. Within its pages, the reader discovers new perspectives true wealth, and learns to see the world with different eyes. The collection lives on the borders of different cultures. Carts and Other Stories will take the reader to wild and powerful Bulgarian mountains, to silver rains in Brussels, to German quiet winter streets and to wind bitten crags in Afghanistan. This book lives for those seeking to discover the beauty of the world around them, and will have them appreciating what they have -- and perhaps what they have lost as well.

About the Author

Zvdraka Etimova was born in Bulgaria where she lives and works as literary translator from English, French and German. She has lived and worked a literary translator in Köln, Germany and in Brussels, Belgium. Her short stories have appeared in 21 countries around the world. Zdravka’s short story “Vassil” was one of the 15 award winning stories in the BBC world-wide short story competition 2005. In was broadcast by Radio BBC UK in February 2006. Her short story “It Is Your Turn” was one of the ten award winning stories included in the anthology Dix auteurs du monde entier (Ten Writers from All Over the World) In Nantes, France, 2005. In Bulgaria Zdravka Evtimova has won a number of major literary awards including: the Gencho Stoev 2004 literary award for a short story by a Balkan Author, the Razvitie Literary Award for best Bulgarian contemporary novel in 2000, Best Bulgarian novel 2003 award of the Union of Bulgarian Writers for her novel Thursday, Anna Kamenova Short Story Award 2005, Cosmos short story award 2004, Zlaten Lanez short story award –in 2005, and in 2010. Zdravka is married to Todor Georgiev. They have two sons and a daughter.


“Zdravka Evtimova is one of the most interesting fiction writers in contemporary Bulgarian literature."

—Professor Elka Konstantinova, Head of Bulgarian Literature and Language at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria.

"Zdravka Evtimova's work is as real and unpredictable as our days." 

—Professor Stefan Vlakhov Mitsov, PhD, Kliment Ohridsky, University of Sofia, Bulgaria 

"Zdravka Evtimova's themes are that tough quartet: money, hunger, sex and control. The connecting forces offer such intense, honest and subtle cross-plying of incident, coincidence and image that I felt myself visually in the film world of Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "Amores Peros". Zdravka Evtimova's is a very frightening piece of storytelling. Stark, yes, but very much alive, honest and well told." 

—David Morley, Warwick Writing Programme, University of Warwick, UK