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Russian Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov

Robert Chandler - Translator

Robert Chandler - Introduction by

Elizabeth Chandler - Translator

Sibelan Forrester - Afterword by

Sibelan Forrester - Translator

Anna Gunin - Translator

Olga Meerson - Translator

Robert Chandler - Editor

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ISBN 9780141442235 | 448 pages | 25 Jun 2013 | Penguin Classics | 5.07 x 7.79in | 18 - AND UP
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For fans of fairy tales and the literary supernatural: a unique collection of Russian short stories from the last 200 years
 
In these folk tales, young women go on long and perilous 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. Some of the stories here were collected by folklorists during the last two centuries, while the others are reworkings of oral tales by four of the greatest writers in Russian literature: Nadezhda Teffi, Pavel Bazhov, Andrey Platonov, and Alexander Pushkin, author of Eugene Onegin, the classic Russian novel in verse. Among the many classic stories included here are the tales of Baba Yaga, Vasilisa the Beautiful, Father Frost, and the Frog Princess.



Introduction

RUSSIAN MAGIC TALES FROM PUSHKIN TO PLATONOV


PART ONE

Aleksandr Pushkin (1799-1837)

A Tale About a Priest and his Servant Balda

A Tale about a Fisherman and a Fish


PART TWO
THE FIRST FOLKTALE COLLECTIONS

Aleksandr Afanasyev (1826-71)

The Crane and the Heron

The Little Brown Cow

Vasilisa the Fair

Marya Morevna

The Little White Duck

The Frog Princess

Pig Skin

The Tsarevna in an Underground Tsardom

The Tsarevna eho eould not Laugh

Misery

The Wise Girl


Ivan Khudyakov (1842-76)

The Brother (tr. Sibelan Forrester)

The Stepdaughter and the Stepmother’s Daughter (tr. Sibelan Forrester)


PART THREE
EARLY TWENTIETH-CENTURY COLLECTIONS

Zhivaya starina (‘The Living Past’ 1890-1908)

The Tsar Maiden

Ivan Mareson


Iva Bilibin (1876-1942)

Ivan Tsarevich, the Grey Wolf and the Firebird


Nikolay Onchukov (1872-1942)

The Black Magician Tsar

Bronze Brow


Olga Ozarovskaya (1874-1931)

The Luck of Tsarevna


Dmitry Zelenin (1878-1954)

By the Pike’s Command


PART FOUR

Nadezhda Teffi (Nadezhda Lokhvitskaya, 1872-1952)

When the Crayfish Whistled: a Christmas Horror

A Little Fairy Tale

Baba Yaga (1932 picture book)

The Dog

Baba Yaga (1947 article)


PART FIVE

Pavel Bazhov (1879-1950)

The Mistress of the Copper Mountain (tr. Anna Gunin)

The Stone Flower (tr. Anna Gunin)

The Mountain Master (tr. Anna Gunin)

Golden Hair (tr. Anna Gunin)


PART SIX
FOLKTALE COLLECTIONS FROM THE SOVIET PERIOD

Erna Pomerantseva (1899-1980)

The Cat with the Golden Tail


Irina Karnaukhova (1901-59)

Mishka the Bear and Myshka the Mouse

Jack Frost

Snake-Man

The Herder of Hares

A Cock and Bull Story

A Marvellous Wonder


Fyodor Tumilevich (1910-79)

The Snake and the Fisherman


A.V. Bardin (1888-1962)

The Everlasting Piece


Dmitry Balashov (1927-2000)

How a Man Pinched a Girl’s Breast


PART SEVEN

Andrey Platonov (1899-1951)

Finist the Bright Falcon

Ivan the Giftless and Yelena the Wise

The Magic Ring

Ivan the Wonder

No-Arms

Wool over the Eyes

(All stories in this section translated by Robert and Elizabeth Chandler and Olga Meerson)


Appendix: Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East by Sibelan Forrester

Bibliography

Acknowledgments

Notes


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