Bulgaria: travel books to read before you go

This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Bulgaria guide provides a selection of travel literature to get you in the mood for your trip.

There are relatively few books by foreign writers devoted solely to Bulgaria; most include the country as part of a journey around Eastern Europe and/or the Balkans.

Under The Yoke by Ivan Vazov is Bulgaria’s best loved novel, and a new English translation has been published recently after being out of print for decades. The book tells the patriotic story of the iconic April Uprising of 1876 and Bulgaria’s struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire.

The Black Sea: The Birthplace of Civilization and Barbarism by Neal Acherson is a fascinating overview of the turbulent history of the peoples living around the Black Sea, from earliest times onwards.

Liberation of Bulgaria: War Notes of 1877 by Wentworth Huyshe offers a first-hand account of the hard-fought Russo-Turkish War by a British journalist.

Turkish Gambit by Boris Akunin offers a lighter, fictional view of the Russo-Turkish War, as seen through the eyes of the popular novelist’s Russian detective.

Bury Me Standing by Isabel Fonseca is a thoughtful insight into the customs, myths and troubled history of the Romany people across Eastern Europe.

More travel literature reading lists for other destinations can be found here.