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Bai Ganyo
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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 Book of the Year in the Fiction-Multicultural category

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. A Note on Transliteration
  2. pp. xi-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 3-12
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  1. Part One
  2. p. 13
  1. Bai Ganyo Starts Out for Europe
  2. p. 15
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  1. 1. Bai Ganyo Sets Off
  2. pp. 16-20
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  1. 2.Bai Ganyo at the Opera
  2. pp. 21-23
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  1. 3. Bai Ganyo at the Baths
  2. pp. 24-28
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  1. 4. Bai Ganyo in Dresden
  2. pp. 29-33
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  1. 5. Bai Ganyo at the Prague Exhibition
  2. pp. 34-47
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  1. 6. Bai Ganyo at Jirechek’s
  2. pp. 48-54
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  1. 7. Bai Ganyo Goes Visiting
  2. pp. 55-71
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  1. 8. Bai Ganyo in Switzerland
  2. pp. 72-76
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  1. 9. Bai Ganyo in Russia
  2. pp. 77-86
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  1. Part Two
  2. p. 87
  1. 10. Bai Ganyo Returns from Europe
  2. pp. 89-102
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  1. 11. Bai Ganyo Does Elections
  2. pp. 103-121
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  1. 12. Bai Ganyo the Journalist
  2. pp. 122-132
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  1. 13. Bai Ganyo at the Palace
  2. pp. 133-135
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  1. 14. Bai Ganyo in the Delegation
  2. pp. 136-139
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  1. 15. Bai Ganyo in the Opposition? Don’t You Believe It!
  2. pp. 140-143
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  1. 16. The Temperance Society
  2. pp. 144-148
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  1. 17. Letter from Bai Ganyo to Konstantin Velichkov
  2. pp. 149-151
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  1. 18. From the Correspondence of Bai Ganyo Balkanski
  2. pp. 152-158
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 159-160
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