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Anatomy of Illusions
Anatomy of Illusions
Anatomy of Illusions is the first novel written by the author Ludmila Filipova. It has become a bestseller in Bulgaria just for couple of mounts. The book is based on several authentic stories and real persons from the very new history of the country. In Anatomy of Illusions, it is used a lot of confidential documents, analysis, letters and reports from the time before 1989 and after that. Moreover, the diary of Grisha Filipov is used in the book (he was prime minister of Bulgaria (1981 – 1986), which originally was thought to be stolen in 1989 by the National Security.

Anatomy of Illusions begins with a heart-braking story about a boy and a girl from different worlds. The girl, Anna, is granddaughter of one of the latest premier ministers of the country. She met Boris on a New Year party in Boyana, the village of the Communist Nomenclature. He was invited there as a distinguished student to play the guitar and to sing for the children of the Nomenclature. He saw Anna, hold her hand and that was enough to fall in love with the beautiful long red hair girl.

But it was this day when he also realized that there are two worlds – one of ordinary people and one which Anna was living in. She seemed as a princess in his eyes. She was living behind big fences, in a beautiful place and garden forbidden for people like Boris. He was feeling so miserable and humiliated that this meeting marked Boris’ life forever. He decided to do anything so that one day he could be a part of Anna’s word. To show her that he was somebody and that his name meant really.

Boris graduated from the Economic University. The book shows how he entered in a group of people who tried to bring down the Communist regime, called The Committee. There were ministers, people from the National Security and from the Parliament. They were meeting secretly and planning how they were going to assume the political power and party financial resources from the communists. The book shows very detailed how exactly they planed end executed the so called “silent revolution” in 1989. The story follows the real facts of the revolution on the Balkans.

Boris didn’t become part of the Anna’s world but destroyed it.

After the revolution Boris gradually became one of the strongest men in the country. He was clever and good in influencing and managing people. Up to 1997 he was already one of the biggest oligarchies in the region. The book shows how Boris Bukov was governing the political and economical life in the country. There are colorful scenes of how several oligarchies took part in the creation of one of the latest governments and parliaments in Bulgaria. People know this time as the Bulgarian King’s government. This story is also based on real situations, people and documents. Moreover, in the book there are several murders of big politicians and two oligarchies who were working with Boris. Many people recognized in them the real murders of Andrei Lukanov (premier minister of the country just after the changes), Emil Kiulev and Ilia Pavlov, some of the richest people in Bulgaria.

At the same time, in the book, we can follow Anna’s life. She fell at the total bottom after November 1989. After then she was nobody. She had nothing and everybody hated her, because she was part of the ex-communist nomenclature. She had to do something in order to survive and go through the mill. After a lot of hard work and a lot of risky situations she survived and became a popular journalist, working for one of the biggest American magazines in Sofia.

Boris and Anna met once again. They were so different from the time they had met for the very first time. They still were part from different worlds even after so many years, but yet they had their roles changed. The novel shows how exactly the main characters had changed through the years because of the goals they were following so ambitiously and right-minded. After all they still loved each other. Even when they wanted to hate each other.

Boris finally had everything. At the end he was the richest and powerful man in the country, but he was totally unhappy. He smashed his life and body. He lived in dark and ran away even from himself. He was so scared to meet his own sole, totally destroyed from ambitions, big power and money. He stayed in darkness surrounded by expensive paintings and ancient valuables. The only thing he could do then was to work for whole day long, to govern the country and even the region and to win as much as possible.

Behind the main lines and characters of the book, readers could learn a lot for the political and economical life in Bulgaria from 1970 up to 2005. Moreover, they could see the power of oligarchies and corruption in the country and the face of the communist dictatorship, which were thought to be the actual rulers of that time.
 
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