Saturday, 13 March 2021

The House With Twelve Rooms by Stefani Christova + #FreeBook

The House With Twelve Rooms by Stefani Christova
Published by Ignis Books in January 2014.

How I got this book:
Downloaded the free ebook from Smashwords 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published in various literary journals between 2006 and 2012, the stories that make up this collection have enjoyed reprints, translations, and podcasting. Each of the stories touches on the themes of solitude and the unattainable longings of the heart. 
The author’s version of reality is that of her Bulgarian forebears--a reality that is lusher and more colorful, and keeps a door ajar for the unexpected; yet it feels more convincing than our day-to-day lives. 
I needed a fifth Bulgarian-authored book to complete my WorldReads quintet for that country and am thrilled to have discovered this gem by Stefani Christova on Smashwords. A collection of eight short stories including the title story, The House With Twelve Rooms, which is actually the final story, this book has a wonderfully dark and surreal atmosphere to it. A woman leaves her home by climbing a rope ladder to the sky, a village is almost entirely inhabited by ghosts (only two homes lack their own specific hauntings), another woman keeps a coffin for her eleven-year-old self in the garage. I loved how Christova sets the ordinary and mundane against outlandish images and unusual characters. These tales have a hint of fairytale inspiration mixed with vivid magical realism and Christova's unique voice. I think my only complaint could be that there are only eight stories here to read. I felt I could happily have spent at least twice as long within these pages.

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