Russian Fairy Tales

Russian Fairy Tales

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The most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English--a rich, robust world of the imagination that will fascinate readers both young and old. In this beautifully illustrated edition 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. Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, this collection of nearly two hundred tales curated by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal the fascinating, centuries-old Russian storytelling tradition. Translated by Norbert Guterman Illustrated by Alexander Alexeieffshow 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
  • 0394730909
  • 9780394730905
  • 82,312

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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

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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-Democrat""show more

About A.N. Afanas'ev

ALEKSANDR AFANAS'EV (1826-1871) was the Russian counterpart to the Brothers Grimm. He published his first collection of Russian folklore in more

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