"A reinterpretation of ancient Greek myth, a celebration of story telling, a treatise on nostalgia and aging, a collection of insights into the nature of time, The Physics of Sorrow has it all."Randy Rosenthal, "Tweed's Mag"
[The] real quest in "The Physics of Sorrow" is to find a way to live with sadness, to allow it to be a source of empathy and salutary hesitation Chronicling everyday life in Bulgaria means trying to communicate Bulgarian sadness, which isto the extent that these things can be disentangledas much a linguistic as a metaphysical dilemma Garth Greenwell, "The New Yorker"
"Bulgarian writer Georgi Gospodinov s "The Physics of Sorrow" unites formal experimentation with emotional resonance in a compelling exploration of how and why humans tell stories Gospodinov ruminates on the mazelike structures of the human brain, of cities, and of books themselves [and] juxtaposes the grotesque and the beautiful at once concrete and transcendent Both an intellectual game and a very human story, "The Physics of Sorrow" captivates."Elizabeth C. Keto, "The Harvard Crimson"
"Gospodinov s THE PHYSICS OF SORROW offers up a beautiful exploration of the inescapable maze-like nature of life. . . . [it] reminds us that we must never forget that we are not alone. We must never lose sense of who we are, who we were, where we come from, and where we re going. And we must never stop sharing the resulting stories of our wondrous explorations with the world at large because we must allow ourselves to feel everything or be doomed to feel nothing at all." Aaron Westerman, "Typographical Era"
"Gospodinov forces us to examine our own lives, expectations, and assumptions. He asks us to look outside of ourselves, to myth and family history and national history, to find meaning in a world that often seems cruel and cold. A mixture of grim humor, keen self-reflection, and even a bit of dogged optimism, "The Physics of Sorrow" is not to be missed." "Bookishly Witty"
"A time-traveling empath, [Gospodinov] uses story to call us to look beyond ourselves to what can root us and give our lives meaning in a world that can seem crushingly cold and cruel." Kristine Morris, "Foreward Reviews"