The writer-narrator of The Bulgarian Truck has hit upon a new technique for writing a novel, which he calls “a building site beneath the open sky,” but he cannot persuade his more widely read wife, Marianne, a character from an earlier novel, that it is any good. Meanwhile, the narrator’s extramarital affair with Milena, a young Slovak novelist who writes in French, turns sour. Interspersed among the narrator’s accounts of his novel’s growing pains are stories of the characters he has invented—Tsvetan, a Bulgarian truck driver, and Beatrice, an impenetrable French erotic dancer—unfolding according to their own logic while hurtling toward a fatal conclusion.
Translated by Alistair Ian Blyth
Number of pages: 224
Publication date: February 2016
List price: $14.95