Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov

Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov

Introduction by:
Afterword by: Sibelan Forrester
Translator:
Translator: Elizabeth Chandler
Translator: Sibelan Forrester

Format
Paperback
Price
$18.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780141442235
  • 448 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

‘She turned into a frog, into a lizard, into all kinds of other reptiles and then into a spindle’ In these tales, young women go on long and difficult quests, wicked stepmothers turn children into geese and tsars ask dangerous riddles, with help or hindrance from magical dolls, cannibal witches, talking skulls, stolen wives, and brothers disguised as wise birds. Half the tales here are true oral tales, collected by folklorists during the last two centuries, while the others are reworkings of oral tales by four great Russian writers: Alexander Pushkin, Nadezhda Teffi, Pavel Bazhov and Andrey Platonov. In his introduction to these new translations, Robert Chandler writes about the primitive magic inherent in these tales and the taboos around them, while in the afterword, Sibelan Forrester discusses the witch Baba Yaga. This edition also includes an appendix, bibliography and notes. ‘This is a unique, beautifully edited book: an essential addition to the library of any Russophile’ – Spectator *Longlisted for the Rossica Translation Prize 2014* Translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler With Sibelan Forrester, Anna Gunin and Olga Meerson
Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov

Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov

Introduction by: Robert Chandler, Afterword by: Sibelan Forrester, Translator: Robert Chandler, Translator: Elizabeth Chandler, Translator: Sibelan Forrester

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