Russian Fairy Tales

Russian Fairy Tales

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by Aleksandr Afanas'ev, A. N. Afanas'ev, Aleksandr A. Afanasiev
     
 

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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

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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 

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394730905
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/1976
Series:
Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
672
Sales rank:
234,595
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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

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