The Complete Russian Folktale: v. 3: Russian Wondertales 1 - Tales of Heroes and Villains

1st Edition

Jack V. Haney

Routledge
Published April 30, 2000
Reference - 488 Pages
ISBN 9781563244919 - CAT# Y183925

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Summary

These stories of magic and heroism, and of terrifying encounters with Baba Yaga, Zmei the serpent, and Koshchei the Immortal, are surely the best-known and best-loved folktales of Russia. A wondertale tells of a young person's first venture into a perilous world, where he or she must solve a riddle, pass a test of character, or perform a heroic feat. In the course of the tale, villainy is foiled, disaster is averted, and the young person is transformed by this successful struggle into an adult.

The two hundred and fifty wondertales collected and translated here represent at least one example of every tale type known in Russia. Each tale is accompanied by commentary and the volume includes a substantial introduction by the editor.

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