Russian Fairy Tales

Russian Fairy Tales

Paperback Pantheon Fairy Tale & Folklore Library

By (author) A.N. Afanas'ev, Translated by N. Guterman

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  • Publisher: Pantheon Books
  • Format: Paperback | 672 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 229mm x 36mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 30 April 1984
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0394730909
  • ISBN 13: 9780394730905
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Illustrations note: B&W ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT
  • Sales rank: 55,139

Product description

Translated by Norbert Guterman Illustrated by Alexander Alexeieff In this most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English we meet both universal fairy-tale figures--thieves and heroes, kings and peasants, beautiful damsels and terrifying witches, enchanted children and crafty animals--and such uniquely Russian characters as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird. The more than 175 tales culled from a centuries-old Russian storytelling tradition by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal a rich, robust world of the imagination that will fascinate readers both young and old. With black-and-white drawings throughout Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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Author information

Aleksandr Afanas'ev (1826-1871) was the Russian counterpart to the Brothers Grimm. He published his first collection of Russian folklore in 1866.

Review quote

"A beautiful book. I recommend it to all readers, young and old, who are interested in the folktale and its unique qualities." -- Isaac Bashevis Singer, The New York Times Book Review "Luckily someone garnered these jewels before they were lost, bound them into one volume before they is filled with action, magic, and humanity...." -- St. Louis Globe-Democrat "The oral folk tradition in Russia was truly a magic spring. As in the fairy tale, it flowed inexhaustibly, reviving, consoling, and enlightening all who partook of it... these stories have an ingenuity that marks them as uniquely Russian."

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Nearly 200 characteristic and colorful traditional folk and fairy tales are brought together in the only comprehensive edition available in English. Of the original 1945 edition, Eudora Welty wrote, "These Russian tales are rambunctious, full-blooded and temperamental. They are tense with action, magical and human, and move in a kind of cyclone of speed....These tales are gorgeous."