“Four Minutes is a novel about people on the margins of society. Different storylines interlace in order to tell one story: about the invisibility. This is a book that grabs you by the throat, a poignant novel.”

– Georgi Gospodinov, author of The Physics of Sorrow

“Reading the novel Four Minutes by Natalia Deleva reminded me that in my childhood I used to hide in a wardrobe, on a tree, in the attic and dreamed of an invisibility cap. In danger, I wanted to put on such a hat on my head, to disappear from the world, to hide in a safe space where no one would find me. Later, I realized that literature and imagination could offer such an invisibility cap. The narrator in Four Minutes thinks similarly. She collates excerpts from news articles, listens to her own (internal) voice, to the stories of people she meets on the way, looks into the past, confronts traumas and, pulling the reader out of their comfort zone, asks important questions about our world, about live in exile, about people who are excluded, abandoned, homeless. A beautiful, intricately woven and exciting book.”

  – Wioletta Greg, author of Swallowing Mercury

“Few are capable of reproducing, without even a slight trace of pretension, the lives of those who have lived in care homes for abandoned children, especially during the post-communist transition period, and their subsequent fates. In fact, generally speaking, each of us is an abandoned child, however those who the author depicts, really are invisible on the social map. Nataliya Deleva removes from their faces all the clichés that we’re so used to trashing at them. A difficult, poignant, important, really important book.”

                                    – Marin Bodakov, Culture Newspaper

Four Minutes by Nataliya Deleva is […] a powerful, captivating, fascinating book! A reader would never be the same, after allowing the narrative to pass through them.”

                                                                 – Bella Cholakova, AzCheta.com

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