Bulgaria's Universal Buffoon
Bai Gano, the fictional satiric character who has become a legend in Bulgarian literature, was invented at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
The source: “To Chicago and Back: Aleko Konstantinov, Rose Oil, and the Smell of Modernity” by Mary Neuburger, in Slavic Review, Fall 2006.
Bai Gano, the most famous character in Bulgarian literature, was conceived in the back of a kiosk at the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. His creator, Aleko Konstantinov, was a Bulgarian satirist and writer, and son of a successful Ottoman merchant. An...