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Born in a wealthy family, Tzvetanka pāssionately dreamed of becoming an actress as a child, but the history of her country completely changed her destiny.


The 20th century was historically unique for Bulgaria, people here survived the transition of three different epochs: monarchy, communistic regime, and democracy. The epochs were changing and along with them - the country and the people living in it.

"Tzvetanka" is the story of my grandmother, a woman who has outlived these three epochs. Her life represents and reflects the stories of many others, of the society, of the country itself.

Tzvetanka Gosheva was born in the family of rich merchants in 1926. Her brother died when she was six and thus she became the "boy" in the family, preparing to take over the family business. After 9th of September 1945, the day of the communist revolution in Bulgaria, things changed drastically for her and her family. Tzvetanka’s father was sent to prison without any clear conviction and everything the family possessed was gradually confiscated. Later on, her father was accused of being an enemy of the communist party and the family was sent away in exile. Being a daughter of a convicted against the party automatically deprived her from right to study, work and live equally to others. Despite all that she was admitted at the Medical Academy in Sofia. Household, children, struggles in the field of science, day and night shifts as an anesthesiologist followed in the next 40 years. Ironically, her last working day was the 10th of November 1989 - the day of the democratic "revolution". That was a day of great expectations. In the years of total chaos that followed she was still working and taking care of her grandchildren, fighting with age and loneliness.