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  Dafina Georgieva

How did “I am a Dream” appear?

 

After Dafi’s death, the most widely-read Bulgarian newspaper, “24 Hours”, published one of her essays written for a children’s competition, entitled “Harry Potter — the Religion of the 21st Century”. The editor-in-chief, Maria Gavreva, was so impressed that she asked Dafi’s parents to look for other texts written by Dafi. Within a few months they had amassed a collection of drawings and essays which after a process of selection were presented to the “Egmont — Bulgaria” publishing house. The publishers immediately decided to publish, “I am a Dream” in 2006 with the support of the National Fund, “Culture” of the Ministry of Culture and the American College in Sofia (ACS). The first edition of the book sold out within a month of publishing and the publishers immediately published a second edition.

 

“I am a Dream” contains the very best of a talent which would have developed in many directions. The collection is both a biography in development as well as a selected anthology. Egmont — Bulgaria publishers also included essays by Valeri Petrov, Ulia Ognyanova, Leda Milova and Petar Zmiicharov dedicated to Dafi’s work, and an introduction by Maria Gareva.

 

Every page is filled with humour, kindness and fantasy. Dafi is both whimsical and compassionate. She brings the texts to life with her joyful madness and unexpected twists. She mixes sadness with joy, joking with friendship, childish simplicity with perception.

 

The aspiration of such a young write to find her own path is remarkable. It is a path which was not shown to her by anyone, without didactic guidance, without external pointers showing what is right or what is inevitable. She was not attracted by the beaten path — it was something uninteresting, foreign. She was tempted by the feelings of pioneering discovery, authentic adventure. She was never frustrated by failure, on the contrary it stimulated her endurance and sharpened her mind and strengthened her will. “I know that if I begin a journey, I will finish it”, she used to say with confidence. Everything in her said that she would do it, because she had the qualities and the strength.

 

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