Russian Fairy Tales

Russian Fairy Tales

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The most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English introduces readers to universal fairy-tale figures and to such uniquely Russian characters such as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird. Beautifully illustrated, the more than 175 tales culled from a landmark multi-volume collection by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal a rich, robust world of the imagination. Translated by Norbert Guterman Illustrated by Alexander Alexeieff With black-and-white illustrations throughout Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Libraryshow more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 144.8 x 228.6 x 35.6mm | 816.48g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Pantheon Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0394730909
  • 9780394730905
  • 29,592

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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."show more

About A.N. Afanas'ev

ALEKSANDR AFANAS'EV (1826-1871) published his groundbreaking collection of Russian folktales and fairy tales in eight volumes, from 1855 to 1867. His success in polarizing Russian folklore and culture is reflected in the work of writers and composers from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to Igor Stravinsky. NORBERT GUTERMAN (1900-1984) was a Polish-born translator of scholarly and literary works from French, Polish, Latin, and Russian. Immigrating to the United States in 1933, he also translated works by Bella Chagall, Paracelsus, and Henry Lefebvre. ALEXANDER ALEXEIEFF (1901-1982) was a Russian-born artist, film animator, filmmaker, and illustrator who created the artwork for Pantheon's first edition of Doctor more

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"Rambunctious, full-blooded, and temperamental, these stories are tense with action, magical, and human. They are gorgeous." --Eudora Welty "The oral folk tradition in Russia was truly a magic spring [that] flowed inexhaustibly, reviving, consoling, and enlightening all who partook of it . . . These stories have an ingenuity that marks them as uniquely Russian." --Time "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 [and] bound them into one volume before they disappeared . . . It is filled with action, magic, and humanity." --St. Louis Globe-Democratshow more

Table of contents

The Wondrous Wonder, the Marvelous Marvel  13 The Fox Physician  15 The Death of the Cock  17 Misery  20 The Castle of the Fly  25 The Turnip  25 The Hen  26 Riddles  27 The Enchanted Ring  29 Foma and Erema, the Two Brothers  31 The Just Reward  37 Salt  39 The Golden Slipper  40 Emelya the Simpleton  44 The Three Kingdoms  46 The Pike with the Long Teeth  49 The Bad Wife  54 The Miser  56 The Nobleman and the Peasant  58 The Goat Comes Back  59 Ivanushka the Little Fool  61 The Crane and the Heron  62 Aliosha Popovich  66 The Fox Confessor  67 The Bear  72 The Spider  74 Baba Yaga and the Brave Youth  75 Prince Ivan and Princess Martha  76 The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox  79 Baldak Borisievich  86 Know Not  90 The Magic Shirt  97 The Three Pennies  110 The Princess Who Wanted to Solve Riddles  113 A Soldier’s Riddle  115 The Dead Body  117 The Frog Princess  118 The Speedy Messenger  119 Vasilisa, the Priest’s Daughter  124 The Wise Maiden and the Seven Robbers  131 The Mayoress  134 Ivan the Simpleton  141 Father Nicholas and the Thief  142 Burenushka, the Little Red Cow  145 The Jester  146 The Precious Hide  151 The Cross Is Pledged as Security  156 The Daydreamer  159 The Taming of the Shrew  161 Quarrelsome Demyan  161 The Magic Box  163 Bukhtan Bukhtanovich  164 The Fox and the Woodcock  168 The Fox and the Crane  171 The Two Rivers  171 Nodey, the Priest’s Grandson  172 The Poor Wretch  173 The Fiddler in Hell  177 The Old Woman Who Ran Away  180 Two Anecdotes  182 The Singing Tree and the Talking Bird  184 The Ram Who Lost Half His Skin  184 The Fox as Midwife  188 The Fox, the Hare, and the Cock  191 Baba Yaga  192 The Ram, the Cat, and the Twelve Wolves  194 The Fox and the Woodpecker  196 The Snotty Goat  199 Right and Wrong  200 The Potter  202 The Self-Playing Gusla  208 Marco the Rich and Vasily the Luckless  211 Ivanko the Bear’s Son  213 The Secret Ball  221 The Indiscreet Wife  224 The Cheater Cheated  226 The Maiden Tsar  228 Ivan the Cow’s Son  229 The Wolf and the Goat  234 The Wise Little Girl  249 Danilo the Luckless  252 Ivan the Peasant’s Son and the Thumb-Sized Man  255 Death of a Miser  262 The Footless Champion and the Handless Champion  268 Old Favors Are Soon Forgotten  269 The Sheep, the Fox, and the Wolf  273 The Brave Laborer  275 Daughter and Stepdaughter  276 The Stubborn Wife  278 Six Anecdotes  280 Snow White and the Fox  280 Foma Berennikov  283 The Peasant, the Bear, and the Fox  284 Good Advice  288 Horns  289 The Armless Maiden  292 Frolka Stay-at-Home  294 The Milk of Wild Beasts  299 How a Husband Weaned His Wife from Fairy Tales  304 The Cock and the Hen  308 The Fox and the Lobster  309 Nikita the Tanner  310 The Wolf  310 The Goat Shedding On One Side  312 The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life  312 Two Out of the Sack  314 The Man Who Did Not Know Fear  321 The Merchant’s Daughter and the Maidservant  325 The Priest’s Laborer  327 The Peasant and the Corpse  332 The Arrant Fool  333 Lutoniushka  334 Barter  336 The Grumbling Old Woman  338 The White Dock  340 If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Listen  342 The Magic Swan Geese  345 Prince Danila Govorila  349 The Wicked Sisters  351 The Princess Who Never Smiled  356 Baba Yaga  360 Jack Frost  363 Husband and Wife  366 Little Sister Fox and the Wolf  369 The Three Kingdoms, Copper, Silver and Golden  371 The Cock and the Hand Mill  375 Tereshichka  387 King Bear  389 Magic  393 The One-Eyed Evil  399 Sister Alionushka, Brother Ivanushka  404 The Seven Semyons  406 The Merchant’s Daughter and the Slanderer  410 The Robbers  415 The Lazy Maiden  419 The Miraculous Pipe  423 The Sea King and Vasilisa the Wise  425 The Fox as Mourner  427 Vasilisa the Beautiful  437 The Bun  439 The Foolish Wolf  447 The Bear, the Dog, and the Cat  450 The Bear and the Cock  453 Dan, Evening, and Midnight  455 Two Ivans, Soldier’s Sons  457 Prince Ivan and Byely Polyanin  463 The Crystal Mountain  475 Koshchey the Deathless  482 The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa  485 Beasts in a Pit  494 The Dog and the Woodpecker  498 Two Kinds of Luck  499  Go I Know Not Whither, Bring Back I Know Not What  501 The Wise Wife  504 The Goldfish  521 The Golden-Bristled Pig, the Golden-Feathered Duck, and the Golden-Maned Mare  528 The Duck with Golden Eggs  533 Elena the Wise  541 Treasure-Trove  545 Maria Morevna  550 The Soldier and the King  553 The Sorceress  563 Ilya Muromets and the Dragon  567 The Devil Who Was a Potter  569 Clever Answers  576 Dividing the Goose  578 The Feather of Finist, the Bright Falcon  579 The Sun, the Moon, and the Raven  580 The Bladder, the Straw, and the Shoe  588 The Thief  590 The Vampire  593 The Beggar’s Plan  599 Woman’s Way  599 The Foolish German  600 The Enchanted Princess  600 The Raven and the Lobster  612 Pronce Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf  612 Shemiaka the Judge  625   Commentary  629 Index  657show more

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