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Atanas Dalchev as a Humorist and Satirist. On the Pages of the Starshel Newspaper

Nadezhda Stoyanova

Sofa University St. Kliment Ohridski


After the so called “Thaw” began (1956) Atanas Dalchev published many works in the satiric newspaper Starshel. Later some of them were included in his book Fragments (1967), one of them in his poetry book from 1965, others appeared later in the two-volume book from 1984. However, there are a few that have not been republished by now and therefore remain not well known or unknown. The paper focuses on the reasons of the author to leave some of the works outside his books, as well as on the change in the context of the works and on the transformation of their conceptual code after being republished in the books. At the end of the article the ironical aspect of Dalchev’s works is studied and its function in time of ideological control.

Key words: Atanas Dalchev, sаtire, humor, irony, Starshel, fragments, “thaw”

*The article has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the research conference “Paisii Annual Readings, November 10 – 11, 2022”.