Vera Mutafchieva
Academician , PhD in History, researcher, author and journalist


“Thank you, God, for instilling in me the insolence to start writing, for presenting me with such a wide spectrum of imaginary people. I was happy with them, as if I met them out of the blue, I probed into their personalities, felt angry if they made a faux pas. A life, real to the end. As for me, although uninvited, I happened to be among them and there was no way they could get rid of me.”

Vera Mutafchieva, “Curious Occurrences”

Academician Vera Mutafchieva, PhD in History, researcher, author and journalist was born on March 28, 1929 in Sofia in the family of the historian, Prof. Petar Mutafchiev.

In 1951 she got a History degree at Sofia University "St. Kiliment Ohridski".

In the period 1950 – 1955 she held the position of an assistant at the Oriental Department of the National Library "St. Cyril and St. Methodius"; from 1955 until 1958 she was a PhD student of Ottoman history at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

In 1958 she defended her thesis on the topic "Feudal Rent in the Ottoman Empire in ХV-ХVІ Centuries."

Beginning in 1959 until 1963 she was a junior researcher at the History Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; later – senior researcher at the Institute for Balkan Studies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1964-1980).

In 1978 she received a PhD in History for her thesis "Kurdjalii Times" and in 1980 she became Senior Researcher.

She was awarded the title "Doctor Honoris Causa" of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski" in 1999 and of New Bulgarian University in 2000.

On July 5, 2004 she was elected academician by the Assembly of academicians at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

From 1979 until 1981 she was Head of the Centre for Ancient Languages and Cultures; Director of the Bulgarian Research Institute in Austria (1980-1982).

She acted as Secretary of the "Belleslettres" section at the Union of Bulgarian Writers (1982-1985). Vice President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1993-1996); Honorary Member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (1999).

Chairman of the Agency of Bulgarians Abroad (1997-1998) and since 2005 a member of the Board of Directors of the National Endowment Fund "13 Centuries of Bulgaria".

Her research began in 1952 with articles and monographs on the history of Bulgaria in the Ottoman period. She is the author of numerous articles on Ottoman studies, Balkan studies, of books and a multitude of popular articles. She is an author of more than 35 novels, some of them translated and published many times. After 10 times reprinted in Bulgarian "The Djem case" is translated in 10 more languages and appeared in 22 foreign publications.

Her historical novels, long and short stories on historical themes are memoirs, among which “Chronicle of the Time of Unrest", "A book on Sophronious", "The Djem Affair", "The Last Shishmans", "The Kinght", "Belote for Two Hands", "Bogomils", I, Anna Comnena ", "Alcybiades the Young", " Alcybiades the Great", "Rakovski’s Youth", "The Wide World", "The Bombs", "Foretold by Pagane", "Occurnaces", "Unraveling my Father", "Family Saga".

 She is the screenplay writer of the first Bulgarian film super production "Khan Asparuh".

For her creative work and research Academician Vera Mutafchieva received a number of awards, among which the Award of the Union of Bulgarian Writers for Prose (1978), the International Award "Gottfried von Herder" – for life time achievement (1980), the Dimitrov Award – for the team which created the film "Khan Asparuh" (1982), "Golden Rose" at the Varna Cinema Festival – for screenplay of the film " Khan Asparuh " (1982), the Sofia Award (1986), the "St Cyril and St Methodius" Order (1989), the Award by the Union of Bulgarian Writers for Novels (1991), the "Panitza" Award of the "Free and Democratic Bulgaria" Foundation – for journalism  (1995), the Sofia University "St Kliment Ohridski Grand Prix for Literature" (1998), "Stara Planina" Order (1999), Honorary symbol "Marin Drinov" of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Grand Prix of the Fourth Art Salon  - for contribution to Bulgarian letters and national culture (1999), the Award of the Bulgarian-German Forum for contribution to the establishment of civil society in Bulgaria and the furthering of Bulgarian-German relations (2000), the first winner of the state award  "Paisii Hilendarski" (2000), the Award of the Rotary Club - Sofia (2002), the National Award "Ivan Nikolov" (2003), the National Award "Hristo G. Danov"(2005), the National Literary Award "Ivan Vazov" (2005).

She died on June 9, 2009 in Sofia.


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