Russian Fairy Tales

Russian Fairy Tales


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The most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English introduces readers to universal fairy-tale figures and to such uniquely Russian characters such as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird. Beautifully illustrated, the more than 175 tales culled from a landmark multi-volume collection by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal a rich, robust world of the imagination.

Translated by Norbert Guterman
Illustrated by Alexander Alexeieff
With black-and-white illustrations throughout
Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780394730905
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/24/2000
Series: Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 672
Sales rank: 188,915
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 8 - 11 Years

About the Author

ALEKSANDR AFANAS'EV (1826-1871) published his groundbreaking collection of Russian folktales and fairy tales in eight volumes, from 1855 to 1867. His success in polarizing Russian folklore and culture is reflected in the work of writers and composers from Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov to Igor Stravinsky.

NORBERT GUTERMAN (1900-1984) was a Polish-born translator of scholarly and literary works from French, Polish, Latin, and Russian. Immigrating to the United States in 1933, he also translated works by Bella Chagall, Paracelsus, and Henry Lefebvre.

ALEXANDER ALEXEIEFF (1901-1982) was a Russian-born artist, film animator, filmmaker, and illustrator who created the artwork for Pantheon's first edition of Doctor Zhivago.

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Copyright © 1976 Aleksandr Afanas'ev.
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Table of Contents

The Wondrous Wonder, the Marvelous Marvel  13
The Fox Physician  15
The Death of the Cock  17
Misery  20
The Castle of the Fly  25
The Turnip  25
The Hen  26
Riddles  27
The Enchanted Ring  29
Foma and Erema, the Two Brothers  31
The Just Reward  37
Salt  39
The Golden Slipper  40
Emelya the Simpleton  44
The Three Kingdoms  46
The Pike with the Long Teeth  49
The Bad Wife  54
The Miser  56
The Nobleman and the Peasant  58
The Goat Comes Back  59
Ivanushka the Little Fool  61
The Crane and the Heron  62
Aliosha Popovich  66
The Fox Confessor  67
The Bear  72
The Spider  74
Baba Yaga and the Brave Youth  75
Prince Ivan and Princess Martha  76
The Cat, the Cock, and the Fox  79
Baldak Borisievich  86
Know Not  90
The Magic Shirt  97
The Three Pennies  110
The Princess Who Wanted to Solve Riddles  113
A Soldier’s Riddle  115
The Dead Body  117
The Frog Princess  118
The Speedy Messenger  119
Vasilisa, the Priest’s Daughter  124
The Wise Maiden and the Seven Robbers  131
The Mayoress  134
Ivan the Simpleton  141
Father Nicholas and the Thief  142
Burenushka, the Little Red Cow  145
The Jester  146
The Precious Hide  151
The Cross Is Pledged as Security  156
The Daydreamer  159
The Taming of the Shrew  161
Quarrelsome Demyan  161
The Magic Box  163
Bukhtan Bukhtanovich  164
The Fox and the Woodcock  168
The Fox and the Crane  171
The Two Rivers  171
Nodey, the Priest’s Grandson  172
The Poor Wretch  173
The Fiddler in Hell  177
The Old Woman Who Ran Away  180
Two Anecdotes  182
The Singing Tree and the Talking Bird  184
The Ram Who Lost Half His Skin  184
The Fox as Midwife  188
The Fox, the Hare, and the Cock  191
Baba Yaga  192
The Ram, the Cat, and the Twelve Wolves  194
The Fox and the Woodpecker  196
The Snotty Goat  199
Right and Wrong  200
The Potter  202
The Self-Playing Gusla  208
Marco the Rich and Vasily the Luckless  211
Ivanko the Bear’s Son  213
The Secret Ball  221
The Indiscreet Wife  224
The Cheater Cheated  226
The Maiden Tsar  228
Ivan the Cow’s Son  229
The Wolf and the Goat  234
The Wise Little Girl  249
Danilo the Luckless  252
Ivan the Peasant’s Son and the Thumb-Sized Man  255
Death of a Miser  262
The Footless Champion and the Handless Champion  268
Old Favors Are Soon Forgotten  269
The Sheep, the Fox, and the Wolf  273
The Brave Laborer  275
Daughter and Stepdaughter  276
The Stubborn Wife  278
Six Anecdotes  280
Snow White and the Fox  280
Foma Berennikov  283
The Peasant, the Bear, and the Fox  284
Good Advice  288
Horns  289
The Armless Maiden  292
Frolka Stay-at-Home  294
The Milk of Wild Beasts  299
How a Husband Weaned His Wife from Fairy Tales  304
The Cock and the Hen  308
The Fox and the Lobster  309
Nikita the Tanner  310
The Wolf  310
The Goat Shedding On One Side  312
The Bold Knight, the Apples of Youth, and the Water of Life  312
Two Out of the Sack  314
The Man Who Did Not Know Fear  321
The Merchant’s Daughter and the Maidservant  325
The Priest’s Laborer  327
The Peasant and the Corpse  332
The Arrant Fool  333
Lutoniushka  334
Barter  336
The Grumbling Old Woman  338
The White Dock  340
If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Listen  342
The Magic Swan Geese  345
Prince Danila Govorila  349
The Wicked Sisters  351
The Princess Who Never Smiled  356
Baba Yaga  360
Jack Frost  363
Husband and Wife  366
Little Sister Fox and the Wolf  369
The Three Kingdoms, Copper, Silver and Golden  371
The Cock and the Hand Mill  375
Tereshichka  387
King Bear  389
Magic  393
The One-Eyed Evil  399
Sister Alionushka, Brother Ivanushka  404
The Seven Semyons  406
The Merchant’s Daughter and the Slanderer  410
The Robbers  415
The Lazy Maiden  419
The Miraculous Pipe  423
The Sea King and Vasilisa the Wise  425
The Fox as Mourner  427
Vasilisa the Beautiful  437
The Bun  439
The Foolish Wolf  447
The Bear, the Dog, and the Cat  450
The Bear and the Cock  453
Dan, Evening, and Midnight  455
Two Ivans, Soldier’s Sons  457
Prince Ivan and Byely Polyanin  463
The Crystal Mountain  475
Koshchey the Deathless  482
The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa  485
Beasts in a Pit  494
The Dog and the Woodpecker  498
Two Kinds of Luck  499
 Go I Know Not Whither, Bring Back I Know Not What  501
The Wise Wife  504
The Goldfish  521
The Golden-Bristled Pig, the Golden-Feathered Duck, and the Golden-Maned Mare  528
The Duck with Golden Eggs  533
Elena the Wise  541
Treasure-Trove  545
Maria Morevna  550
The Soldier and the King  553
The Sorceress  563
Ilya Muromets and the Dragon  567
The Devil Who Was a Potter  569
Clever Answers  576
Dividing the Goose  578
The Feather of Finist, the Bright Falcon  579
The Sun, the Moon, and the Raven  580
The Bladder, the Straw, and the Shoe  588
The Thief  590
The Vampire  593
The Beggar’s Plan  599
Woman’s Way  599
The Foolish German  600
The Enchanted Princess  600
The Raven and the Lobster  612
Pronce Ivan, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf  612
Shemiaka the Judge  625
Commentary  629
Index  657

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