German-Bulgarian Writer Iliya Troyanov Denied Entry to USA
German writer of Bulgarian origin, Iliya Troyanov (German spelling: Ilija Trojanow) was denied access to the US, according to reports of German media.
Troyanov, as cited by dnevnik.bg, suggests that the reason behind the refusal may have been his signature under an open letter of German intellectuals to Chancellor Angela Merkel protesting the surveillance activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) in Europe and elsewhere.
The letter dated July 26 has been backed by over 70 thousand signatures.
In an article of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Troyanov explains how he was prevented from boarding a flight to Denver from a Brazilian airport on September 30.
He says that he was trying to reach Denver to take part in a conference of the German Studies Association and that he had all the necessary documents and an invitation from the hosts.
In 2008, Troyanov's novel, "The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks around the Corner", was made into a movie by a Bulgarian-led international team of directors and actors; the movie won numerous awards across Europe, and turned into one of the most successful Bulgarian movie productions in the last two decades.
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