On 06.09.2014 as part of their Patriotism Series, Armeec Jsc and the Pressa Newspaper will be presenting the readers with reproductions of a portrait of the famous poet and playwright, Ivan Vazov painted by Vasil Stoilov.
Ivan Vazov has undoubtedly earned the right to be referred to as the patriarch of Bulgarian literature. He left behind a huge volume of work immortalizing the sorrow and joy of two different eras in Bulgarian history – the Bulgarian Renaissance and the post-liberation period. Ivan Vazov is an Academic of the Bulgarian Academy of Science, MP in 1894, 1896 and 1911, and Minister of Education from 7 September 1897 to 30 January 1899.
Ivan Vazov was born on 9 July 1850 in the town of Sopot in the patriarchic family of merchants. He graduated the local mutual-training and grade-based schools and became a proponent of the Russian school of poetry. In 1865 he studied Greek and Turkish at the Kalofer School where he was taught by Hristo Botev’s father. From there he went on to attend the High School of Plovdiv where he studied French. In 1870 Vazov was forced to travel to Romania to be trained as merchant. A year later he came back to Bulgaria and started teaching. In 1875 Vazov left for Bucharest again where he later published his first volumes of poetry entitled Priaporets and Gusla and The Sorrows of Bulgaria. When he returned to Plovdiv, he became the Editor in Chief for the Nauka magazine. He also started the Zora and Denitsa magazines. Vazov wrote the Draski I Sharki collection of short stories and the Nova Zemia novel. Between 1886 and 1889 Vazov was exiled in Odessa, Russia where he created the masterpiece of Bulgarian classic literature – Pod Igoto. He died in 1921.
The idea behind the Patriotism Campaign is for us to take a look back at our ancestors and remember their glorious achievements and the lessons in patriotism we never read or forgot to teach our children. So that Bulgaria will live on after we are gone.