I did want to let you know that I am reading (and drooling over) Nikolai Grozni's new book Wunderkind. Grozni (b. 1973) is Bulgarian but has lived in the States, India and now France. His novel is strongly autobiographical and follows the escapades of a teenage piano student at Sofia's Music School for the Gifted during the last couple of years of Communism. The story is a great exploration on youth, creativity and artistic genius in a regime that seems to be solely focused on stifling all of the above. Sofia features very prominently in the novel and I recommend this book to anyone who feels both oddly nostalgic and utterly repulsed by the idea of going back. Also, I think that the story would have that same schizophrenic effect on you regardless of where you are from.
I have been cyber-stalking Grozni, hoping to get him to agree to an interview. Alas, no luck so far. But I will keep trying. I know that many of you would be curious about him and his work.