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Dimitar Talev
Dimitar Talev (1930s)
Dimitar Talev (1930s)
Born (1898-09-01)1 September 1898
Prilep, Ottoman Empire
Died 20 October 1966(1966-10-20) (aged 68)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Occupation journalist, editor, writer
Nationality Bulgarian
Genres story, novel
Subjects history, politics, national liberation struggles, people's psychology
Literary movement Realism
Years active 1917–1966
Spouse Irina Taleva
Children Bratislav Talev
Vladimir Talev


Dimitar Talev (Bulgarian: Димитър Талев) (1 September 1898 – 20 October 1966) was a Bulgarian writer and journalist.


Monument to Talev in Borisova gradina park, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Born in Prilep, in the Manastir Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire (present-day North Macedonia), he graduated high school in Bitola. Talev studied medicine and philosophy in Zagreb and Vienna, and Slavic philology in Sofia University (1925). He was the managing editor of the Macedonia newspaper, and a contributor and editor in the Zora newspaper.

In 1944 he was arrested by the communist authorities for his patriotic and anti-macedonistic position and sent to the Sofia Central Prison and later to the labor camps Bobov Dol and Kutsian [bg]. He was expelled from the Bulgarian Writers' Union and from 1948 to 1952 he was exiled in Lukovit. After Valko Chervenkov was replaced by Todor Zhivkov, Talev was declared by the new government as unlawfully repressed and was subsequently pardoned and rehabilitated. His membership in the author's union was restored and he would be elected to its governing board. Zhivkov's government awarded Talev with three awards in the field of literation - in 1959, 1963 and 1966, respectively. In 1966 Talev was elected as MP in the 31st Narodno Sabranie (Bulgarian Parliament).

Talev Glacier on Graham Land, Antarctica is named after Dimitar Talev.

Literary work

Talev published his first story in 1917 in the newspaper "Rodina" (Motherland), Skopje. Later he continued to publish his literary texts in periodicals in Bulgaria and abroad. His first book, "The Tears of my Mother" was published in 1925. It was a collection of stories and tales for children.


  • Arduous Years (Bulgarian: Усилни години)
    • Part 1. In The Dusk of Morning (Bulgarian: В дрезгавината на утрото) 1928
    • Part 2. Revival (Bulgarian: Подем) 1929
    • Part 3. Ilinden (Bulgarian: Илинден) 1930
  • The Iron Candlestick (Bulgarian: Железният светилник) 1952
  • Ilinden (Bulgarian: Илинден) 1953
  • Kiprovets Arose (Bulgarian: Кипровец въстана) 1954
  • The Bells of Prespa (Bulgarian: Преспанските камбани) 1954
  • Samuil (Bulgarian: Самуил)
    • Book 1. Shields of Stone (Bulgarian: Щитове каменни) 1958
    • Book 2. Cinderella and the Prince (Bulgarian: Пепеляшка и царския син) 1959
    • Book 3. Downfall (Bulgarian: Погибел) 1960
  • I Hear Your Voices (Bulgarian: Гласовете ви чувам) 1966

Short stories and collections

  • The Golden Key (Bulgarian: Златният ключ) 1935
  • The Great King (Bulgarian: Великият цар) 1937
  • The Old House (Bulgarian: Старата къща) 1938
  • Novels and short stories (Bulgarian: Повести и разкази) 1962
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