Swedish Folktales and Legends

Swedish Folktales and Legends

by George Blecher
     
 

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Swedish Folktales and Legends is a diverse and representative collection of stories from Sweden's centuries-old folklore tradition. Ranging from the ribald to the romantic, from the rustic to the mythical, these are lively translations of 150 tales drawn from unique sources including the Swedish National Folklore Archives and numerous private collections, while the

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Swedish Folktales and Legends is a diverse and representative collection of stories from Sweden's centuries-old folklore tradition. Ranging from the ribald to the romantic, from the rustic to the mythical, these are lively translations of 150 tales drawn from unique sources including the Swedish National Folklore Archives and numerous private collections, while the humorous and dramatic illustrations are gathered from classic volumes of Swedish folktales. Lone Thygesen Blecher's engaging introduction details the purpose and background of folktales and legends as well as the history of their collection. This distinctive selection presents the storytelling artistry of Sweden's lush folkloric tradition.Lone Thygesen Blecher and George Blecher are award-winning translators of Swedish and Danish. Their numerous children's book translations include If You Didn't Have Me by Ulf Nilsson and The Battle Horse by Harry Kullman, which won the Mildred Batchelder Award from the American Library Association as the best foreign children's book and best foreign young adult book of the year.

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Library Journal
The usual suspects-princesses and peasants, giants and ghosts, wise folk and simpletons-populate this adeptly translated collection of 150 archival tales. Varied in length, these narratives also range from the moral to the comic, from the romantic to the ribald, with parsons and sextons often the targets of the coarser tales. The many ``wonder'' or fairy tales are perhaps the most engaging. Tomtar, knallar, and other particularly Swedish beings lend local flavor to what are often familiar plots. Black-and-white illustrations (including some by John Bauer and Elsa Beskow) recall a Swedish golden age earlier in this century. Brief factual notes on the tales are appended, but this volume is clearly intended for general reading and should be of interest to more than just readers of Swedish heritage.-Patricia Dooley, Univ. of Washington Lib. Sch., Seattle

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679758419
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/18/1995
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.09(d)

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