With his second novel, The Physics of Sorrow, the Bulgarian writer has dazzled the most demanding international critics. The New York Times described it as "A quirky, compulsively readable book that deftly hints at the emptiness and sadness at its core". Gopodinov is also a poet and a playwright. A finalist for both the Strega Europeo and Gregor von Rezzori awards (and winner of every Bulgarian honor possible), The Physics of Sorrow reaffirms Georgi Gospodinov's place as one of Europe's most inventive and daring writers. He talks with Pablo Mazo.