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Blaga Dimitrova
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    (January 2, 1922-May 2, 2003)
    Born in Byala Slatina, Bulgaria
    Studied philology at the University of Sofia
    Author of poetry collections ‘Liliana’ (1959), Reverse Time’ (1967), ‘Forbidden Sea’ (1976), ‘Voice’ (1985), ‘Night Diary’ (1992) and ‘Scars’ (2002)
    Author of autobiographical novel ‘Journey to Oneself’ (1969)
    Became post-communist Bulgaria's first vice president (1992-1993)
    She was initially popular with and supported Bulgaria’s communist regime.
    Her poetry often features mutilated tongues.
    She wrote a curse against politicians who backed the restoration of the Bulgarian monarchy, demanding that their right arms be cut off.
    She resigned from her position as vice president after one year.
    Her work is typically described as feminine and delicate (despite its often gory content).
    She was censored by the Bulgarian government when her writing became more critical of Sovietism.
    She supported Vaclav Havel's Velvet Revolution.
    She adopted a Vietnamese orphan.
    John Updike wrote a short story, ’The Bulgarian Poetess,’ about her.
    She wrote, 'Write each of your poems, tersely, mercilessly, with blood--as if it were your last.'

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