Bai Ganyo: Incredible Tales of a Modern Bulgarian (Paperback)

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By Aleko Konstantinov, Victor A. Friedman (Editor), Christina E. Kramer (Translated by), Grace E. Fielder (Translated by), Catherine Rudin (Translated by)


A comic classic of world literature, Aleko Konstantinov’s 1895 novel Bai Ganyo follows the misadventures of rose-oil salesman Ganyo Balkanski (“Bai” is a Bulgarian title of intimate respect) as he travels in Europe. Unkempt but endearing, Bai Ganyo blusters his way through refined society in Vienna, Dresden, and St. Petersburg with an eye peeled for pickpockets and a free lunch. Konstantinov’s satire turns darker when Bai Ganyo returns home—bullying, bribing, and rigging elections in Bulgaria, a new country that had recently emerged piecemeal from the Ottoman Empire with the help of Czarist Russia.
    Bai Ganyo has been translated into most European languages, but now Victor Friedman and his fellow translators have finally brought this Balkan masterpiece to English-speaking readers, accompanied by a helpful introduction, glossary, and notes.  Winner, Bulgarian Studies Association Book Prize Finalist, Foreword Magazine’s Multicultural Fiction Book of the Year Winner, John D. Bell Book Prize, Bulgarian Studies Association Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the American Association for School Libraries Best Books for High Schools, selected by the American Association for School Libraries Best Books for Special Interests, selected by the Public Library Association

About the Author

Aleko Konstantinov (1863–1897) was a well-traveled Bulgarian journalist and political writer. He was killed by an assassin’s bullet while riding in an open cab. In 2003, Konstantinov and Bai Ganyo were honored on Bulgaria’s currency, depicted on the 100-lev note.

Victor A. Friedman is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Christina E. Kramer is professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Toronto. Grace E. Fielder is professor of Russian and Slavic studies at the University of Arizona. Catherine Rudin is professor of modern languages and linguistics at Wayne State College.

Praise For…

“A literary treasure of the Balkans.”—Ronelle Alexander, University of California, Berkeley

“A rollicking, Rabelaisian masterpiece, skillfully translated. Victor Friedman’s meticulous editing provides linguistic, cultural, and political context.”—Harold B. Segel, Columbia University

Product Details
ISBN: 9780299236946
ISBN-10: 0299236943
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication Date: May 6th, 2010
Pages: 176
Language: English