Blaga Dimitrova

Blaga Dimitrova
Блага Димитрова
2nd Vice President of Bulgaria
In office
22 January 1992 – 6 July 1993
PresidentZhelyu Zhelev
Prime Minister
Preceded byAtanas Semerdzhiev
Succeeded byTodor Kavaldzhiev
Personal details
Born(1922-01-02)2 January 1922
Byala Slatina, Bulgaria
Died2 May 2003(2003-05-02) (aged 81)
Sofia, Bulgaria
Resting placeCentral Sofia Cemetery
Political partyUnion of Democratic Forces
Spouse(s)Yordan Vassilev
Children1 (adopted)
Alma materSofia University

Blaga Nikolova Dimitrova (Bulgarian: Блага Димитрова) (2 January 1922 – 2 May 2003) was a Bulgarian poet and the 2nd Vice President of Bulgaria from 1992 until 1993.


Born in Byala Slatina to a mother teacher and a father lawyer, Blaga Dimitrova was raised in Veliko Tarnovo and then moved to Sofia. She finished High School in 1942, and Slavic Philology at the University of Sofia in 1945.

In the 1970s, her works became more critical of the communist government, and she received reprimands for not being politically correct. Four of the poetry books Dimitrova wrote in the 1970s- "Fireflies Fading", "Rubber Plant", "Questions", and "Hobbyada"- were all rejected by state publishing houses with no specific reason given.

Blaga Dimitrova was the inspiration behind John Updike's short story "The Bulgarian Poetess".

During the Vietnam War, Dimitrova visited the country several times as a journalist, and in 1967 adopted a Vietnamese girl. Dimitrova was married to literary critic Jordan Vasilev.

In 1991, Dimitrova was officially featured in the second volume of the American Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers, alongside Bulgaria's Elisaveta Bagryana and Vanya Petkova.

Dimitrova served as Bulgaria's Vice President from 1992 to 1993, becoming the second person in Bulgarian history to hold that office.

She died on 2 May 2003.


  • Because the sea is black: poems of Blaga Dimitrova. Translators Niko Boris & Heather McHugh. Wesleyan University Press. 1989.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Because the sea is black. Translated by Ludmilla G. Popova-Wightman; Elizabeth A. Socolow. Ivy Press Princeton. June 2003. ISBN 1-930214-06-5.
  • The last rock eagle: selected poems of Blaga Dimitrova. Translators Brenda Walker, Vladimir Levchev, Belin Tonchev. Forest Books. 1992. ISBN 978-1-85610-009-0.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Forbidden sea: a poem. Ivy Press. 2000. ISBN 978-1-930214-01-9.

"Cassandra with a Tail" poem


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