Born May 27, 1903, in Pazardzhik; died Jan. 26, 1968, in Sofia. Bulgarian poet; Honored Cultural Worker of Bulgaria (1965). Member of the Bulgarian Communist Party from 1944.
Furnadzhiev’s work was first published in 1919. In 1930 he graduated from the faculty of history and philology of the University of Sofia. His first collection, Spring Wind (1925), depicts the sufferings of the people after the suppression of the September Antifascist Uprising of 1923, and it reflects his faith in a future victory. As political reaction in the country intensified, Furnadzhiev’s poetry began to express moods of bitterness and disappointment; his collections from this period include Rainbow (1928) and Verses (1938). After the victory of the people’s democratic revolution in 1944, his poetry entered a new phase, characterized by different themes, a new style, and a high level of poetic craftsmanship. His works from this period include the collections Great Days (1950), Along Your Roads I Walked (1958), Sun Over the Mountains (1961), and The Most Difficult Thing (1964).
Furnadzhiev received the Dimitrov Prize in 1951 and 1959.
WORKSSuchineniia, vols. 1–2,4. Sofia, 1970–73.
In Russian translation:
Solntse nad gorami: Stikhi. Moscow, 1963.
REFERENCESDanchev, P. Izbraniproizvedeniia, vol. 1. Sofia, 1975. Pages 7–31.
Tsanev, G. Stranitsi ot istoriiata na bulgarskata literatura, vol. 3. Sofia, 1973. Pages 378–443.
V. I. ZLYDNEV