Plamen Chetelyazov was born on November 29, 1982 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He studied at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia and at the University of Plovdiv. In 2005 he participated in the programs for cultural exchange between Bulgaria and the United States of America and spent the summer in Seaside Heights, NJ. Plamen works as a curator and publicist for the Regional Museum of History, Plovdiv. Before joining the Museum, he was a probationer at Darik Radio, lifestyle journalist at Mylife magazine and an editor at Anonce newspaper. His literary pieces have appeared in the magazines Egoist, Kanape and the Bulgarian edition of Glamour. Plamen is the author of two novels, Imago and Paranoia, the latter being published in Bulgarian by LiterNet in 2007. In 2015 the American publishing house Neverland Publishing released Flaws of Oblivion - an anthology of poetry, prose and photography that showcases the talents of five emerging writers from around the world including Plamen Chetelyazov.
Paranoiaby Plamen Chetelyazov
Paranoia is a personal life story. Memoirs in the form of short essays. The novel reveals my primitive complexes, inmost emotions and cracked dreams. It is a tale about an escape from the elemental impulses and social clichés through a journey. The emotional path meanders between the unbearable hypocrisy of the stony-hearted society, a self-destructive
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Paranoia is a personal life story. Memoirs in the form of short essays. The novel reveals my primitive complexes, inmost emotions and cracked dreams. It is a tale about an escape from the elemental impulses and social clichés through a journey. The emotional path meanders between the unbearable hypocrisy of the stony-hearted society, a self-destructive self-denial and an awe of the natural insanity. I like to think of my text as a hiking route – one must climb really hard and subdue every peak in order to face the roughness of the mountain thus feel its beauty and appreciate the cosiness of the hut.
I experienced Paranoia when I was 20 years old. Maybe the teenage style is rough and the novel is inspired by primary vanity and some clichéd depressions. But I believe that the real challenge is to write impartially and honestly. And I can assure you that Paranoia is truth. If nothing else it is still my revelation!
The Bulgarian publishing house LiterNet published the novel in 2007. Nevertheless I have decided to translate Paranoia in search for understanding and sympathy. Because I am curator at a Bulgarian museum I have time to attend to this project but don't have the money to invest in it. I know that my English usage need quite an editing for the market and the novel is indigent of a professional introduction with faultless sample writing. Unfortunately these are services I cannot afford or provide.
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