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My mother reads poetry

2 packs thin ready-rolled pastry sheets
2 coffee cups butter melted
a kilogram of apples
1 cup biscuit crumbs
1 cup ground walnuts
2 coffee cups sugar
1 packet cinnamon powder

Wash the apples, peel
and remove the seeds, grate
in large strips, mix
with the sugar, the ground walnuts
and the cinnamon.
Take a pastry sheet,
grease it
and cover it with another sheet.
Spread some of the apple mix
over them and roll
them together. Repeat
with the other pastry sheets.
Grease them and bake
over medium heat, until
the top crust is red,
and the bottom pink.

When you bake it, it’s a strudel,
but for now it’s still a poem.

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About the translation:
Georgi Gospodinov
Maria Vassileva
Original language:
Series 3 No.11 - Frontiers

About the author

Georgi Gospodinov

Original poet

Georgi Gospodinov

Georgi Gospodinov (1968) is a poet, writer and playwright, one of the most translated Bulgarian authors after 1989. He has pu...

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Maria Vassileva

Maria Vassileva was born in 1988 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She is currently a student in the Literature department at Harvard Univers... » Read more


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