Irina Manusheva

Literary translator

A few words about me…

As a little kid I used to hide a torch beneath my pillow so I could read at night. I wouldn’t eat at the table if they didn’t give me a book. The more I grew up, the more I loved books. Now, a few decades later, my passion is to translate them so that readers in Bulgaria can fully enjoy and appreciate them. And my greatest happiness are my three kids who, as I see, also have torches beneath their own pillows…

… and a few more formal:


  • Sofia High School of Mathematics
  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”: Master in Philosophy; English Language and Literature Teacher


Language skills:

  • Proficiency in Bulgarian (native), English and Russian


 Fields of translation:

  • Fiction
  • Children’s literature
  • Philosophy, Psychology, Education
  • Science and Medicine
  • Mountaineering, Travel, Outdoor, Survival and Rescue


My translations


  • Carlos Eire. Waiting for Snow in Havana
  • Vikas Swarup. Q&A
  • Zülfü Livaneli. Bliss
  • Jon Krakauer. Into the Wild
  • Elizabeth Gilbert. Pilgrims
  • Elizabeth Gilbert. The Signature of All Things
  • Carl Hiassen. Skinny Dip
  • Trevanian. The Eiger Sanction
  • Dean Koontz. A Big Little Life
  • Susan Spencer-Wendel. Until I Say Good-Bye
  • Mitch Albom. The Timekeeper
  • Mitch Albom. The First Phone Call from Heaven
  • Andrew Motion. Silver
  • Jeff Vandermeer. Annihilation. Authority. Acceptance
  • Jeanne Ryan. Nerve
  • Naomi Novik. Uprooted
  • Joanne Harris. Different Class
  • Richard Bach. Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Part IV)
  • John Connolly. Time of Torment
  • John Connolly. Game of Ghosts
  • John Connolly. The Woman in the Woods
  • John Connolly. A Book of Bones
  • John Connoly. The Sisters Strange
  • Oyinkan Braithwaite. My Sister, the Serial Killer
  • Elizabeth Gilbert. City of Girls

Children’s Literature:

  • Katherine Roberts. The Great Pyramid Robbery
  • Lauren St. John. Dolphin Song. The Elephant’s Tale. Operation Rhino
  • Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black. Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Lauren St. John. Kidnap in the Caribbean. Kentucky Thriller. Rendezvous in Russia
  • Catherine Cooper. The Golden Acorn. Glassruhen Gate. Silver Hill. The Lost Treasure of Annwn. The Oak Lord
  • Jan Burchett, Sara Vogler. The Sam Silver Undercover Pirate Series
  • Susie Brooks, Get into Art
  • Guy Bass. Stitch Head Series
  • Meurig Bowen, Rachel Bowen. The School of Music
  • Dr. Uwe Wandrey, David Gamon. Physics Workshop
  • Kira Vermond. Why Don’t Cars Run on Apple Juice?
  • Alex Frith et al. 100 Things to Know about the Human Body
  • Anna Claybourne. Amazing Evoution: The Journey of Life.


  • Richard Smoley, Jay Kinney. The Hidden Wisdom: A Guide to the Western Inner Traditions
  • Steven Nadler. The Best of All Possible Worlds
  • Jack Kerouac. Wake Up: A Life of the Buddha
  • Swami Venkatesananda. Yoga Vasistha
  • Saul Frampton. When I Am Playing With My Cat, How Do I Know She Is Not Playing With Me?
  • Jo Durden-Smith. The Essence of Buddhism

Medicine&Health, Education, Self-help, etc.

  • Max Gerson. A Cancer Therapy: Results of 50 Cases
  • Sally Pacholok, Jeffrey Stuart. Could It Be B12?
  • Sally Pacholok, Jeffrey Stuart. Could It Be B12? Pediatric Edition
  • Mel Borins. A Doctor’s Guide to Alternative Medicine
  • Joan Vernikos. Designed to Move
  • Jennifer Wider. The New Mom’s Survival Guide
  • John Briffa. Natural Health for Kids
  • Jo Frost. Confident Toddler Care
  • Dr Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th ed.
  • Elizabeth Fenwick. The Complete Book of Mother and Babycare
  • Sharifa Oppenheimer. Heaven on Earth: A Handbook for Parents of Young Children
  • Robert Melillo. Disconnected Kids
  • Stephen Covey, Bob Whitman, Breck England. Predictable Results in Unpredictable Times
  • Stephen Covey, Jennifer Colosimo. Great Work, Great Career
  • Sean Covey. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teen
  • Chris Guillebeau. The Art of Non-Conformity
  • James Wesley Rawles. How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It
  • Hans Wissema. Siberian Lessons on Life, Love and Death
  • Daniel Gottlieb. Letters to Sam
  • Naoki Higashida. The Reason I Jump

and others.