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‘Bulgarians are interested in Persian culture and literature’
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TEHRAN – The director of the Iranian Studies Center at Sofia University, Ivo Panov, is convinced that people of Bulgaria are highly interested in Persian culture and literature.
 
Panov, who last week received Iran’s Book of the Year Award for compiling and editing a Persian-Bulgarian dictionary, said that the books published on Persian culture and literature are sold out in his country quickly, since people of his country are highly interested in Persian civilization.
 
In an interview with the Persian service of IRNA, Panov said that the Iranology center was established at Sofia University about 20 years ago, and so far over 30 books on Persian culture and literature have been translated into Bulgarian.
 
Panov also said that the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO) has provided the Iranology center with about 30,000 books in the Persian language, making their job easier.
 
The translation of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam was Panov’s first book and editing the “Persian-Bulgarian Dictionary”, on which a team of four had worked for about 20 years, was among his other activities.
 
Panov, who studied Persian language and literature at Kabul University, has been teaching Persian language and literature at Sofia University for the past 30 years.
 
He is currently working on a translation of part of Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh into Bulgarian.
 
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