Russian Fairy Tales

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Translated by Norbert Guterman
Illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Alexander Alexeieff
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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 ...

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Overview

Translated by Norbert Guterman
Illustrated with black-and-white line drawings by Alexander Alexeieff
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

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.

The only comprehensive edition available in English of the classic Russian folk and fairy tales.

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394730905
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/1976
  • Series: Fairy Tale and Folklore Library
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 333,631
  • 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2010

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    excellent collection of russian fairy tales

    i was actually surprised at this collection. i've heard and read many russian fairy tales while growing up in Russia. but this collection was created before the USSR came into existence so it includes lots of tales which were censored out later on. my only complain here is that it need some updating..someone needs to add stories based on recent scholarship and the language needs to be updated. also a good preface wouldn't hurt.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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