A Guide to Communist Bulgaria. Vol. 3: Signs of the Times
English, Bulgarian (bilingual)


    This three-volume book researches comprehensively the architectural, artistic and material heritage of the People's Republic of Bulgaria through a rich visual presentation put in context. Volume One includes the must-visit locations for anyone with an interest in the triumphs and failures of Bulgaria's recent past: from Buzludzha and Dimitrovgrad to Stalinist Sofia and the monuments of the Northwest. Volume Two surveys the most remarkable and the oddest monuments and public art samples of the Communist era: from the images of Partizani and the Soviet soldiers to the ordinary working people. Volume Three explores the traces left over by the Communist regime in Bulgaria: from the abandoned military barracks and cinema theatres to the failed megaprojects and the nostalgia for the idealised Socialist past and its funny street signs.


Table of contents

Ruins of Communims


Former collective farms

Industrial ruins

Military ruins

Urban ruins

Village ruins

Labour camps



Failed megaprojects


Museum of Socialist art, Sofia

Retro museum, Varna

National museum of military history, Sofia

Permanently grounded planes

Buried tanks

Cars of Communism

The elite is having fun


Hunting lodges

The working class recreates

International Youth Centre, Primorsko

Religion and temples

The Vanga phenomenon

Who was Lyudmila Zhivkova?

Cinemas of Communism

Communist ads

The funny signs of Socialism

On Communism’s artefacts and its multiple memory

Glossary of some of the terms

Пътеводител за комунистическа България. Том 3. Знаци на времето

Publisher Free Speech International
Language English, Bulgarian
Pages 700
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-954-320-565-3
Creation date 2018
Size 22 х 22 cm

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