(June 27, 1850 – September 22, 1921)“The Patriarch of Bulgarian literature"
Vazov came from a family in which traditionalvalues were highly regarded. His father,Mincho Vazov, was a merchant.An open-minded person, he combineda conservative, patriarchal spirit withsympathy for the Enlightenment andthe national revival.
Vazovs mother,Saba, was an intelligent, generousand charming woman. Vazov’sparents, Saba and Mincho Vazov,both had a lot of influence on theyoung poet.He got married to Atina Bolyarskaon 4 November 1890.
After finishing primary school in Sopot, Mincho sent his son toKalofer, appointing him an assistant teacher. Having done hisfinal exams in Kalofer, the young teacher returned to Sopot tohelp in his fathers grocery. The next year his father sent him toPlovdiv to Naiden Gerovs school. There Vazov made his firststeps as a poet. He returned to Sopot and then went to Olteni ațin Romania to study trade despite his lack of interest in it. Hewas impressed with literature.
WorksVazov was probably influenced by Botev,who was the ideological leader of theBulgarian revolutionary movement. Hestarted writing his famous poems withBotev and some other Bulgarianemigrants in Romania. In 1876 hepublished his first work, ,,Priaporetz andGusla” , followed by "Bulgarias Sorrows"in 1877. Bulgaria regained itsindependence in 1878 as a result of theRusso-Turkish War and Vazov wrote the
Other famous works New Country Under the Yoke The Empress of Kazalar Songs of Macedonia It Will Not Perish What Is A Poets Soul Like
Език свещен на моите дедиезик на мъки, стонове вековни,език на тая, дето ни родиза радост не - за ядове отровни.Език прекрасен, кой те не ругаи кой те пощади от хули гадки?Вслушал ли се е някой досегав мелодьята на твойте звуци сладки?Разбра ли някой колко хубост, мощсе крий в речта ти гъвкава, звънлива -от руйни тонове какъв разкош,какъв размах и изразитост жива?Не, ти падна под общия позор,охулен, опетнен със думи кални:и чуждите, и нашите, във хор,отрекоха те, о, език страдални!Не си можал да въплътиш във тебсъзданьята на творческата мисъл!И не за песен геният ти слеп -за груб брътвеж те само бил орисал!Тъй слушам сè, откак съм на света!Сè туй ругателство ужасно, модно,сè тоя отзив, низка клевета,що слетя всичко мило нам и родно.Ох, аз ще взема черния ти срами той ще стане мойто вдъхновенье,и в светли звукове ще те предамна бъдещото бодро поколенье;ох, аз ще те обриша от калтаи в твоя чистий бляск ще те покажа,и с удара на твойта красотааз хулниците твои ще накажа.
When Vazov was 15, he fell off a racing horse,was unconscious for a long time, and thenbecame blind for about a year. Vazovs 1893 novel “Under the Yoke” , whichdepicts the Ottoman oppression of Bulgaria, isthe most famous piece of classic Bulgarianliterature and has been translated into over 30languages. Vazov‘ s patriotic views forced him to flee fromBulgaria many times. He was 71 years, 2 months and 13 days oldwhen he died.
The great Bulgarian writer Ivan Vazov suddenly died on 22September 1921 in Sofia, with postmortem examination ofthe body revealing severe pathological abnormalities inthe cardiovascular system.Vazovs grave in the center of Sofia.In the background is St. Sofia Church.The tomb is a syenite stone from theVitosha mountains where Vazov lovedto walk.
I will rememberfor his patriotismand love to the Bulgarians.He is one of ournational poets andwe can say morethan a poet ! He isthe man, who usedthe poetry to