Mariela Baeva

Masks
Masks book cover
Bulgaria before and after its transition to democracy in the 1990s. Intimate stories of life against the background of history and national security. Bulgaria-Türkiye saga in the Eighties and the resistance of the ethnic Türks in Bulgaria.
GENRE
Fiction
Release
2023
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Masks book cover

Does not rain fall equally upon all people? And does not the sun shine upon all of us? And do we not all breathe in the same way?” Constantine, in blue apparel and a decorated book in his left hand, watched intently his opponents – Latin bishops, priests, and monks.

from
Life Story of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the Apostles of the Slavs and Co-patrons of Europe
by Mariela Baeva

Mariela Baeva

Fiction, Non-Fiction

Mariela has contributed to The Parliament Magazine. Her op-ed pieces shed light on themes in a wide range of stories:

Syria crisis and education for refugee children;

The global #BringBackOurGirls campaign in support of the missing schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria;

Malala Yousafzai and the education ban for girls by the Taliban regime. Malala’s activities for the rebuilding of UN run schools damaged in the Gaza conflict. Mariela’s written tribute is included in Time to Say: NO!, an anthology of prose and poems for Malala produced by PEN Austria.

Mariela has also contributed to the FMA Bulletin and books, and New Europe, Standartnews (Bulgaria) and other outlets, by writing pieces about EU policies and the Ukraine-Russia conflict.

In the Hug of Arms Anthology, initiated by Mariela, members of the PEN International Women Writers’ Committee and individual writers pay tribute to the victims of armed conflicts (the Spanish Civil War, WWII, Arab Spring, etc.). The anthology has been awarded Medaglia d’Oro al Merito Civile by the Municipality of Anzio, Italy. Mariela’s short story, The Letter, included in the anthology was originally published in Nuestra Voz/Our Voice/Notre Voix Anthology by the PEN International WWC.

Her Life Story of Saints Cyril and Methodius, the Apostles of the Slavs and Co-patrons of Europe has been awarded the 2018 EYCH label as part of a Brno event celebrating heritage and 1155 years since the Apostles’ mission in Greater Moravia. It is translated into Czech.

The Day Was Born, a novella, was included in the list of the American Glimmer Train‘s Fiction Open Top-25 finalists, Winter 2005/06.

MASKS is the latest piece of fiction. The book has been part of the London Book Fair 2023; Turin International Book Fair 2023; Lisbon Book Fair 2023; Liber International Book Fair 2023; Frankfurter Buchmesse 2023; Festival du Livre de Paris 2024.

Mariela is a guest speaker at several universities.

Members of the PEN International WWC, including Lucina Kathmann, Ekbal Baraka, Tsung Su, Joanne Leedom-Ackerman, Greta Rana, Marta Cerdà, Tokombaeva, Judith Bukrich, Rita Dahl and Mariela were included in the nomination of the Committee for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

The Economist named Mariela in their inaugural Global Diversity list alongside Bill Gates, the Dalai Lama, Angelina Jolie, and other ‘top 50’ international figures in public life.