Don't Tell Mama (novel)

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Don't Tell Mama
File:Don't Tell Mama print edition cover.jpg
Original titleНе казвай на мама
TranslatorVladimir Poleganov
Cover artistBoris Pramatarov
Subjectgay, LGBT, travel, adventure, magical realism
Set inBotswana, Bulgaria, China, Congo, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Uganda, United States, South Korea, Spain, Sudan
Published12 March 2020
PublisherNY Creative and Publishing
Publication date
12 March 2020
Published in English
12 March 2020
Media typePrint, epub, mobi
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Preceded byNotes from Hell 
Followed byDon't Tell Mama: Dark Stories

Don't Tell Mama (Bulgarian: "Не казвай на мама") is the second book and first novel written by Bulgarian author and TV content producer Nikolay Yordanov. It follows the stories of ten homosexual characters from Bulgaria, Iran, Iraq, Korea, Spain, Sudan, Uganda, and United States.[1]

The novel is described by its author as "LGBQT adventure magical realism".[2]

Plot premises[edit]

Beyond the Earth, the narrator of the story is watching over several people from all around the world, implying they are split parts of the same soul.

2009. In Kampala, Uganda, fourteen-year-old Luke is causing commotion in the local Anglican church, asking questions regarding the Reverend's sermon about homosexuality. Later he is protected among his friends by the blue-eyed girl next door Miembre, another main character in the book.

2011. In North Korea’s border river Tumen the local family is trying to escape to China, but is shot by the state military forces, leaving the fourteen years old Nae-il the only survivor. She is rescued in the Chinese border by the man, who arranged their getaway from the country.

1976. In New Jersey, USA, fifteen-year-old promising gospel singer is auditioning for singing lessons before a demanding vocal coach, who refuses to work with people of color, winning his attention with her talent and her mother's cold ambition.

06:24, Unknown year. In Yazd, Iran, thirty-something old Iman is trying to leave the bed after coercive sex change.

2020. Twenty-something Bulgarian gay man Alexander is remembering his forced coming out before his family.

2015. After family banishment of his lesbian cousin in Baghdad, Iraq, fifteen years old Hakim is promising to God he will bury his interest in boys – a promise he is breaking because of his new neighbor, Fuad.

2017. In Sevilla, Spain, the sixteen years old clairvoyant Matías, falls in love with the man he just met.[3]


Three different book covers for print, digital and audio versions of the book was created by Bulgarian artist Boris Pramatarov.


The book was released on 10 March. The planned dance premiere was postponed because of the COVID-19 quarantine in Bulgaria.[4]


Date Published Title Publisher Territory Language Type ISBN/ASIN
9 March 2020[5] "Don't Tell Mama" NY Creative and Publishing Worldwide English Paperback 978-619-7568-01-1
12 March 2020 "Don't Tell Mama" NY Creative and Publishing Worldwide English eBook 978-619-7568-02-8

12 March 2020 "Не казвай на мама" NY Creative and Publishing Bulgaria Bulgarian Paperback 978-619-7568-00-4
12 March 2020 "Не казвай на мама" NY Creative and Publishing Worldwide Bulgarian eBook 978-619-90250-9-3


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This photograph, recreating the painting The Surgeon (painting) by Jan Sanders van Hemessen, was used to promote the novel in social media.

The title was announced in dedicated to the book Instagram and Facebook[6] profiles, with the photographic recreation of the 1555 oil painting "The Surgeon, or the extraction of stone of madness" by the Flemish Renaissance painter Jan Sanders van Hemessen.[7] It depicts the procedure of removing with a knife the so-called "stone of folly" or "stone of madness". In the modern photo version, shot by Bulgarian visual artist Krasimir Marchev, the characters, surrounding the "patient" are replaced with Orthodox lay sister, Catholic nun, Orthodox priest and Muslim imam.


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