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Name: Ivan Vazov  
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Date of Birth: 27th June 1850
Place of Birth: Sopot, Vazovgrad, Bulgaria
Profession: Writer
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Ivan Vazov

Ivan Vazov (Bulgarian: Иван Вазов) (June 27, 1850 - September 22, 1921) was a Bulgarian poet, novelist and playwright. He was born in Sopot, a town situated in the Rose Valley of Bulgaria.


The date of Vazov's birth is indisputable, although the poet didn't know it exactly. His mother, Suba, was a neighbour of Mintcho Vazov's, who liked her beforehand. Ivan Vazov inherited a series of human virtues from his father. His mother excessively influenced his development.

After finishing the primary school in Sopot, Mintcho sent his son to Kalofer, appointing him assistant teacher. After the years of exams in Kalofer, the young teacher returned to Sopot in his father's grocery to help him with his work. The next year his father sent him to Plovdiv to Naiden Gerov's school. There Vazov made his first steps as a poet.

He returned in Sopot and was sent again to Olteniţa in Romania lately to study trade. But Vazov didn't show a keen interest in trade. He was immersed in his poet world. Soon he left Oltenita and went to Brăila where he met Hristo Botev, a Bulgarian revolutionary and poet. From Brăila he went to Galaţi to his uncle. There he met Botev again.

In 1874 he joined the struggle for his country's liberation. He returned to Sopot in 1875 where he became a member of the local revolutionary committee. After the failure of the April Uprising of 1876, he had to flee the country, going back to Galaţi, where most of the surviving revolutionaries were exiled. There he was appointed a secretary of the commitee.

It is generally believed that he was heavily influenced by Hristo Botev who was the ideological leader of the Bulgarian revolutionary movement. He started writing his famous poems with Botev and some other bulgarian emmigrants in Romania. In 1876 he published his first work, "Praporetz and Gusla", followed by the "Bulgaria's Sorrows" in 1877.

Bulgaria regained its independence in 1878 as a result of the Russo-Turkish War, 1877-1878 and Vazov became the editor of the political reviews "Science" and "Dawn". He has however forced to exile himself once again, this time to Odessa, because of the prosecution of the russophile political faction. Arriving back to Bulgaria with the help of his father he started teaching. Vazov's next stay is in Svishtov where he became a civil servant.

He moved to Sofia in 1889 where he started publishing the review Dennitsa.

Vazov's 1893 novel Under the Yoke, which depicts the Ottoman oppression of Bulgaria, is the most famous piece of classic Bulgarian literature.

Later in his life Vazov was a prominent and widely respected figure in the social and cultural life of newly independent Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian National Theatre "Ivan Vazov" is named after him.

Famous works

Other famous works by Vazov are the novels New Country (1894), Under Our Heaven (1900), The Empress of Kazalar (1902), Songs of Macedonia (1914), It Will Not Perish (1920) and the plays Vagabonds (1894), Borislav (1909) and Ivaylo (1911).

External Links

  • Ivan Vazov’s place in Bulgaria’s heritage
  • Ivan Vazov - The revolutionary poet

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