Anton Baev (1963) is the author of a number of books in different genres: eight books of poetry, six novels, two books of short stories, a book of philosophical fragments and two academic monographs (one of them – on the problems of the Bulgarian Romanticism and the poetry and drama of Ivan Peychev in particular, and the other one – presenting a psychoanalytical approach to literature by studying the reflections of the suicidal syndrome in the works of the prominent Bulgarian belletrist Pavel Vezhinov).
Anton Baev was born in the city of Plovdiv.
In 1982 he graduated from the English Language Secondary School in Plovdiv.
In 1989 he got a Master’s Degree (MA in Bulgarian philology) at the University of Plovdiv.
Anton Baev specialized in community journalism in Iowa State University (USA) in 1994.
In 2009 he obtained a Doctor’s degree at the Institute for Literature at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
Anton Baev has worked as a librarian, columnist, reporter, foreign politics observer, editor-in-chief and publisher.
In 2000-2007 he was an Editor-in-Chief of Maritsa newspaper – the biggest regional daily in Bulgaria, issued in Plovdiv.
Since July 2007 A. Baev has established a number of online newspapers: www.plovdiv-online.com, www.karlovo-online.com, www.asenovgrad-online.com, where he has been developing his career as a publisher, editor and columnist.
In 2016 he was among the establishers of Plovdiv LIK Foundation (a foundation for literature, art and culture), which is focused on presenting the works of the most prominent contemporary Bulgarian authors in different languages. A leading goal of the site of the Foundation (PlovdivLit) is to present contemporary Balkan and European authors – especially with a view to the fact that Plovdiv (the second largest city in Bulgaria) was chosen to be the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
Anton Baev is also a member of the Board the Municipal Foundation Plovdiv 2019 and President of the Writer’s Society in Plovdiv since the beginning of 2017.
In 2018 Anton Baev established The International Poetry Festival ‘ORPHEUS’ – PLOVDIV, which had two editions by now. 30 participants – poets from USA, Russia, France, Italy, Spain, Ukraine, Israel, Turkey, Denmark, North Macedonia, Greece, Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria gathered together in Plovdiv, the oldest living city of Europe. ‘ORPHEUS’ - PLOVDIV is a project of Plovdiv LIK Foundation. It includes creative, cultural, educational and promotional activities united by the desire for exchanging ideas, inspiration and creative contacts.
Anton Baev’s first poetry collection – Snow Signals (1988), was awarded with the National prize for literary debut South Spring.
It was followed by The Backside of the Darkness (1991); The Rider, the Night and the Desert (1995), the last one – awarded with the National prize Ivan Nikolov; The Crucifixion of Odigitriya (1998).
His next poetry collection, The Whole World and Other Apocrypha (2002), was defined by the critics as the first complete attempt for searching the cultural and topographical center of Bulgarian poetry within the Mediterranean culture.
In 2004, Anton Baev published his next poetry collection, The Gifts of the World. New Apocrypha, in which he developed his experimental approach in dramatizing mythology and history, and thus created an innovative modern poetical expression based on them. It was fully translated in Macedonian by Borche Georgiev and was published in 2018 by Ziga Zaga books: Scopie.
In 2011, a book of selected poetry Dunya Nimetleri (The Gifts of the World) by Anton Baev was published in Turkish, Istanbul: Yasakmeyve.
In 2012, his poetry book was published – Diaries of the Castaway – awarded with the literary prize Plovdiv.
In 2018, his latest poetry book was published – 55 Melancholia of Anton Baev – awarded with the literary prize Plovdiv. It was fully translated in English by Vera Ivanova and edited by George.
In Anton Baev’s literary career, there is also quite a large share of prose.
He is the author of the novel Americans (1997), which had two editions; and the book of philosophical fragments Noah’s Ark (1999).
In 2005 he published a book of short stories, Women and Planets, translated in Turkish.
It was followed by another book of short stories, Victor Bulgari (2010), which is focused on the life of the emigrants from the Balkans to Germany.
In 2006 Anton Baev’s second novel, Scars from Bulgarian, was published and awarded with Plovdiv prize for Literature. The novel has two editions.
In 2014 Anton Baev’s third novel appeared – Do Not Expect Another Heaven.
His fourth novel, The Holly Blood (2016), won the Razvitie Fund Special Prize for a new Bulgarian novel, competing with 118 participants. In 2018 it was published in North Macedonia, Scopie: Antolog.
His fifth novel, The True Story of Spas Gospodov, was published in 2017.
In 2017 was published the novel Victor Bulgari. Traeumen in Berlin, in German language: Anthea Verlag, Berlin.
Anton Baev’s latest novel – Maria from Ohrid and the Holly Conception, which was written in North Macedonia – will be published at the end of 2020.
Anton Baev is also the author of drama texts – the tragicomedy Spas Gospodov in the Whirlpools of the Flood (2014) and Spas Gospodov and the Golden Marigold (2018).
Since 2009, when he defended his doctoral thesis at the Institute for Literature – the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Anton Baev has written and published two academic monographs.
The first of them – Ivan Peichev [Romantic Formation. Romantic Motives]. Monograph. Plovdiv, 2010 – resembles the results of his doctoral study on the movement of Romanticism and its Bulgarian appearances.
The second one – The Suicidal Syndrome and the Characters of Pavel Vezhinov. Monograph. Plovdiv, 2015 – is focused on the psychoanalytical approach in literature, applied to the characters of the prominent Bulgarian belletrist Pavel Vezhinov.
Anton Baev’s works are translated in English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Turkish, Greek, Romanian, Macedonian, Albanian, Serbian and Russian languages.