A Commemoration of Aleko Konstantinov on the 120th anniversary of the writer’s death

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Room 122,
The University of Chicago Regenstein Librar
1100 E 57th Street,
Chicago, IL 60637

* Screening of documentary “Aleko Konstaninov” (1968) by Vesselina Gerinska will begin at 3:30pm. Film in Bulgarian (no subtitles).


Aleko Konstantinov, one of the most beloved writers in Bulgaria and the only one usually referred to by his first name, created Bulgaria's most popular satiric literary figure, Bai Ganyo. The character remains a beloved and controversial figuration of national identity. Aleko was also instrumental in making Chicago a symbol of the United States in the imagination of Bulgarian readers. His travelogue, To Chicago and Back (1894), in which he described his visit to the 1893 Columbian Exposition, is a literary classic, and continues to be the most well-known travelogue in Bulgaria.


The event is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Chicago, Institute of Cyrillic Languages, The Center for East European,
Russian, and Eurasian Studies (CEERES), Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and
The University of Chicago Regenstein Library.