Russian Fairy Tales

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 2, 2013 - Fiction - 672 pages
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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 Library

 

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User Review  - catya77 - LibraryThing

This is a collection Russian Fairy Tales. There is love, death, and betrayal, as with all good tales. The narrative is detailed, vivid, often emotional, and evocative. Characters are sometimes emotional, caring, and humorous. Overall, a fun read. Read full review

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User Review  - suzemo - LibraryThing

This is the first book that made me fall in love with the Pantheon Fairy Tale Library. It's a collection of Russian Folk Tales, with a decent index and cute illustrations that go along with the stories. Read full review

Contents

The Wondrous Wonder the Marvelous Marvel
16
The Merchants Daughter and the Maidservant
17
Salt
41
The Three Kingdoms
54
The Crane and the Heron
67
The Magic Shirt
110
The Speedy Messenger
124
The Mayoress
141
The Bear
394
The OneEyed Evil
404
The Robbers
420
The Fox as Mourner
437
The Foolish Wolf
450
Dawn Evening and Midnight
463
Prince Ivan and Byely Polyanin
480
The Firebird and Princess Wasilisa
494

The Precious Hide
156
The Fox and the Woodcock
172
The Ram Who Lost Half His Skin
188
Right and Wrong
207
The Potter
208
Ivanko the Bears Son
221
Ivan the Cows Son
236
The Wolf and the Goat
249
Ivan the Peasants Son and the ThumbSized Man
262
The Sheep the Fox and the Wolf
275
The Peasant the Bear and the Fox
288
The Milk of Wild Beasts
304
The Bold Knight the Apples of Youth and the Water of Life 314
321
The Peasant and the Corpse 333
3-34
If You Dont Like It Dont Listen
3-49
The Princess Who Never Smiled
3-62
The Fox Confessor
375
The Cock and the Hand Mill
388
Two Kinds of Luck
501
The Cat the Cock and the
511
The Wise Wife
523
The Goldfish
529
The GoldenBristled Pig the GoldenFeathered Duck
540
Elena the Wise
546
Maria Morevna
553
The Soldier and the King
563
Ilya Muromets and the Dragon
569
The Devil Who Was a Potter
576
The Feather of Finist the Bright Falcon
582
The Sun the Moon and the Raven
588
The Vampire
596
The Foolish German
607
Shemiaka the Judge
625
Index
647
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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 Zhivago.

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