Angel Wagenstein

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Angel Wagenstein

Angel Raymond Wagenstein (born October 17, 1922) is a Bulgarian film director and author. Wagenstein was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, but spent his childhood in France where his Sephardic Jewish family emigrated for political reasons due to their leftist politics.

Angel Wagenstein returned to Bulgaria due to an amnesty, and as a student at a lyceum, where he joined an anti-fascist group. For his acts of sabotage, he was arrested and condemned to death in 1944, and it was the invasion of the Soviet Red Army that saved him from execution.

After completing a degree in 1950 in film screenwriting at the S. A. Gerasimov All-Union State Institute for Cinematography in Moscow, he worked as a screenplay writer for the Bulgarian Cinematography Center and for the DEFA Film Studio (the former East Germany Cinematography Center). He is an author of over fifty screenplays for films, documentaries and cartoons. He became famous with his movies about Bulgarian Communists, especially guerrillas.

His film Stars, shot in 1959 by the German director Konrad Wolf, was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

His fiction includes the triptych „Петокнижие Исааково” (Isaac's Torah), „Далеч от Толедо” (Far from Toledo) and „Сбогом, Шанхай” (Farewell, Shanghai), which have been published both separately and together not only in Bulgarian but also in French, German, Russian, English, Czech, Polish, Macedonian, Spanish, Italian and Hebrew. Far from Toledo was awarded in 2002 the Alberto Benveniste annual prize of the Sorbonne, while his novel Farewell Shanghai received the Jean Monnet Prize of European literature in 2004. The French government awarded Angel Wagenstein the high distinction of Chevalier of the French Order of Merit, and later Chevalier of Arts and Literature. He is also the bearer of the highest Bulgarian distinction – the Stara Planina Order. In 2009 he was made honorary citizen of the city of Plovdiv.

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Angel Wagenstein

Before the End of the World

Before the End of the World
This is a novel of a life crucified between laughter and sadness, hopes and collapses, ups and downs. The author shares his cherished memories of the Neolithic era - a world full of loyalty and betrayal, violence and light impulses. Feel free to ...read more

Angel Wagenstein

Isaac's Torah

Isaac's Torah
The Bulgarian author and screenwriter Wagenstein devotes his powerful novel to an affable Jewish tailor from a small town in Eastern Europe who survives the reigns of Hitler and Stalin. Wagenstein himself escaped from a concentration camp and was ...read more

Angel Wagenstein

Far from Toledo

Far from Toledo
Far from Toledo is part two of Angel Wagenstein's triptych on the fate of European Jews during World War II. Apart from Bulgaria the book has been published both separately and together in Germany, France, Russia, Spain, Italy, Poland, Macedonia, ...read more

Angel Wagenstein

Farewell, Shanghai

Farewell, Shanghai
Moving effortlessly from Paris to Dresden to Shanghai, Wagenstein (Isaac's Torah) masterfully chronicles the lives of European émigrés and refugees in WWII Shanghai. The cast of this ensemble novel is large. Elisabeth and Theodore ...read more

Angel Wagenstein

Farewell Shanghai

Farewell Shanghai
The trilogy of Angel Wagenstein (Isaac's Torah, Far from Toledo and Farewell Shanghai) is dadicated to the fate of the European Jewish people during the World War II. Published not only in Bulgaria, but also in Germany, France and Russia with a ...read more

Angel Wagenstein

Three Screenplays

Three Screenplays
Angel Wagenstein is one of the founders of the Bulgarian cinema dramaturgy. He is author of over fifty screenplays: for films, documentaries and cartoons. His three screenplays, published in this book, are representative of three different stages ...read more

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