Lyubomir Levchev was born in Troyan, Bulgaria, in 1935 and is regarded as one of the great poets of Eastern Europe. He has served as Chairman of the Union of Bulgarian Writers, First Deputy Minister for Culture of Bulgaria, and Editor-in-Chief of Literaturen Front. His has been awarded the Gold Medal for Poetry of the French Academy and received the honorary title of "Knight of Poetry" from the French Government.
The Left-Handed One
The Left-Handed One is a collection (the first in English) of the poems of Lyubomir Levchev, an internationally known and widely read Bulgarian poet who has been described (by Lilyana Stephanova) as "the most contemporary of our contemporary poets." Here is a poetry in which the private vision serves the public good, in which the revolutionary spirit is harnessed for pragmatic purposes. These forty-four poems were translated by John Robert Colombo, a Toronto poet and editor, and Nikola Roussanoff, a Canadian writer of Bulgarian background.
John Robert Colombo, the author of the best-selling Colombo's Canadian Quotations and Fascinating Canada, has written, translated, or edited over two hundred books. He is the recipient of the Harbourfront Literary Prize and the Order of Canada, and is a Fellow of the Frye Centre.
Nikola Roussanoff, a native Bulgarian, is a graduate of the University of Toronto.