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Early years Hometown – the village of Baylovo, near Sofia Elin Pelin was born on 18 July 1877, his real name was Dimitar Stoyanov. He grew up in an environment where education was a special tribute. His father was very fond of education and regularly brought books from the market. He graduated his elementary education in his native village, then went to study in Sofia (1890 - 1891, first high school class). He did not graduate from high school; He was passionately fond of reading, mainly Bulgarian and Russian literature. He was a teacher in Baylovo (1895 to 1896). In 1896 he attempted to enter the Drawing School. Painting, along with reading, was one of his greatest passions. He wasn’t admitted and returned to Baylovo where he spent the next two years writing his first serious works. In the autumn of 1899 he settled in Sofia and had serious financial problems.


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In 1903 - 1904 he published the journal "Rural Chat” in the town of Samokov. He started work as a librarian in the University library 1903 – 1907. He was a curator at the museum "Ivan Vazov" (1924 – 1944) where he worked until his retirement.

By the end of his life he is burdened with material difficulties.

He became a regular member of the Academy of Sciences in 1940 and also a chairman of the Union of the Bulgarian Writers (the same year).

He was a contributor to numerous magazines. He edited and published a magazine “Rural Chat " - 1902 - 1903.

Participated in publishing a newspaper “Bulgaria” - 1904 – 1909

A member of the editorial board of the newspaper "Speech“ from 1945.

He died on December 3, 1949 in Sofia 72 years old.


The plot of the story is concentrated on a simple story. It’s the busiest season of the year and a tragic event happens – a young girl dies of a sun stoke. As the title suggests, this occurs very often at harvest.


Elin Pelin depicts Bulgarian peasants and their greatest value - “the gold fields" - the promise of abundant harvest, inspiration and hope for a better life.

“Terrible heat” and “internal haze” trembles over the field, suggesting anticipation of something scary.

In spite of the fatigue, harvesters work with joy and their song strengthens their hopes …….. but short is their joy……


The turning point in the narrative comes when Penka, a young village girl, dies in the field “in one hand holding the sickle and in the other a wisp of corns in the ear.” In the final picture it’s the same unbearable heat, but the field is empty. The wheat-ears are “gold" but " crumbling and burning lonely”.

Peasants are together not only in joy, but in grief, too : “The field has a sad celebration” - the death of Penka.

"At Harvwest time" - Elin Pelin  

"At Harvwest time" - Elin Pelin

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