East in Eden
Izabela Shopova, author
Travel writer Izabela Shopova never perceived her life in New Zealand as exile and emigration as martyrdom, as it is the custom (and pretty much a patriotic obligation) in her native Bulgarian cultural and literary tradition. Her life in Aotearoa was a challenge and a lifetime adventure, a love affair and a comedy (with just a bit of drama) in a land regarded by the rest of the world as the Last Eden on Earth. East in Eden tells the luminous, heartfelt, and hilarious story of Shopova’s six years in New Zealand, chronicling all the hardship and joy, suffering and fun, mundane and the extraordinary, that she experienced in a country she reluctantly but helplessly fell in love with.