MY BIOGRAPHY IN ENGLISH – 05.08.2014
Athanase Vantchev de Thracy is the author of over fifty volumes of poetry in both classical and free verse, which cover the entire spectrum of prosody. He has also published a series of monographs and a doctoral thesis on ‘Light Symbolism in the Poetry of Paul Verlaine’. Athanase has also written, in Bulgarian, a study of the great epicurean patrician Petronius (Petronius Arbiter elegantarium), favourite of Nero and author of the Satyricon, and, in Russian, a Masters degree dissertation on ‘Poetics and Metaphysics in the Work of Dostoevsky’. With his extensive knowledge of antiquity, Athanase Vantchev de Thracy has devoted numerous articles to Greek and Latin poetry. During the two years he spent in Tunisia, he brought out three successive works on the two Punic-era Tunisian cities, ‘Monastir-Ruspina – the Face of Light’, ‘El-Djem Thysdrus – Fiancée of the Azure’ and ‘The Mosaics of Thysdrus’.
During extended stays in Syria, Turkey, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco and Mauritania, he was deeply impressed by his encounter with Islam and spent long years in the study of the religious history of the East. From this period dates his remarkable adaptation into French of Mustafa Tlass’s historical work, ‘Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra’.
The two years he spent in Russia (1993-4) were spent entirely in the study of Russian poetry. Translator of a pleiad of poets, Athanase Vantchev de Thracy has been the distinguished recipient of numerous national and international poetry prizes, including the following Grand International Prizes for Poetry: the Solenzara (France), the Pushkin (Russia), the Naim Frashëri (Albania), the Alexander the Great (Greece), the Chevtchenko (Ukraine) and the Gogol (also Ukraine). He is a laureate of the Académie Française, a member of the Bulgarian Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Brazilian Academy of Letters, the Academy of Higher Education of Ukraine, and the European Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria and the Brazilian Academy of Letters, laureate of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a member of French PEN., a member of the Société des Gens de Lettres de France, and the Maison des écrivains et de la littérature, president of the international movement Poetas del Mundo and a Universal Ambassador for Peace (Geneva).
He has been decorated with the highest honour of the Bulgarian state, the Order of Stara Planina. His poetry has been translated into many other languages.
Traduit en anglais par Norton Hodges