Being a retelling of Homer’s tale
Of Gods and Goddesses
Bulgaria is a fairytale country on the Black Sea, notable for mastika (a liqueur flavored with tree sap), a beautiful but incomprehensible alphabet, and a national predilection for “shocking” stories surpassed only by the British. For example —
Greek Hero Found Working as Busboy
A People’s Daily Exclusive
Odysseus, the wandering protagonist of Homer’s Odyssey, was discovered at a local pizzeria where he worked the past month clearing tables. He spoke of that ancient era as if it were yesterday to an extended family of Bulgarians who were as mystified by his archaic Greek as they were frightened by his theatrical body language. This performance was interrupted by the owner, who burst from the kitchen and angrily told him to do his job and stop annoying the customers. Odysseus picked the man up and threw him over the counter as easily as a bus tray, then rained dishes and half-eaten pies on him.
The People’s Daily of Sofia
When Mona Petkovic was twelve years old, she was hit by a fist sized meteor that crashed through the clay tile roof of her family’s home. Her father applied liniment to her bruised shoulder, telling her the meteor was a sign from god. A tap on the shoulder to tell her she was the chosen one. Her father was a professor of ancient religions who had often predicted that Mona would become a goddess.
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