The great Finnish architect and designer Alvar Aalto was so fascinated by ancient Greek architecture that in 1925 he designed a classic Mediterranean atrium for his brother’s house (“Casa Väinö”) in Alajärvi. This is just one of the curious facts that the Greek architect Konstantinos Xanthopoulos cites in his richly illustrated book, Alvar Aalto and Greece: Trailing Ariadne’s Thread (MELISSA Publishing House)
une 13 is the 150th birthday of William Butler Yeats, winner of the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature. Perseus Publishing House (Bulgaria) marked this jubilee by launching the Bulgarian-language translation of W. B. Yeats’s book John Sherman and Dhoya containing two works of prose.
As Prof. Vladimir Trendafilov states in his recently published book in Bulgarian, The Uses of the British Mentor: The Reception of Charles Dickens in Bulgaria, the first Bulgarian adaptation of A Christmas Carol appeared as early as 1859 when this country was still under Ottoman domination.