Author Profile: Kapka Kassabova is a Bulgarian born poet and writer of narrative of fiction as well as narrative non-fiction.
Name: Kapka Kassabova
2017 - Border: A Journey To The Edge
2008 - Street Without A Name
2010 - Villa Pacifca
2011 - Twelve Minutes Of Love – A Tango Biography
2020 - To The Lake: A Balkan Journey Of War And Peace
Background: Kapka Kassabova writes in English, though her mother tongue is Bulgarian. Kapka Kassabova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in the year 1973. She is 47 years old. She completed her education at the University of Otago. Her mother is Nikola Kassabova. While in Sofia, she studied at the French College. In her late teens she and family left Bulgaria for New Zealand where she studied Writing, French, English Literature and Russian at the Otago and Victoria Universities. In 2005 she moved to Edinburgh and settled later in the Highlands of Scotland after a few years.
Genre: As an author she excels in almost every genre. Her travel writing and novels are enriched in conjuring unsettling worlds and insight. In her poetry she explores loss, disconnection and exile.
Literary Contributions: Kapka Kassabova has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction books. Her first books of fiction and poetry were published in New Zealand.
All Roads Lead To The Sea is her debut poetry collection for which she won the NZ Montana Book Award. In 2000 she won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Asia Pacific for her debut novel, Reconnaissance. In 2008 she published the Memoir Street Without A Name which was shortlisted for the Dolmann Club Travel Book Award. In the Guardian the book was called a ‘profound meditation on the depth of change triggered by the events of 1989 through eastern Europe’.
Unique Stylistic Features: In her writings Kapka Kassabova takes the reader journeying through the mysterious region where Bulgaria (her home country), Turkey and Greece meet. Her hybrid work ‘Border’ mixes travelogue with memoir while she puddles in an old Renault across the land recording people talking about their histories, discussing the knowledge she has about the deeper past and in the process trying to expel her own ghosts.
She has relayed events with a novelist’s eye in her writings in her memorable piece of work Reconnaissance. The book with its spiritual and at times evocative portrayal of a country changed forever and a lost era and humorous details of life of close family make the book unique indeed.