The most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English--a rich, robust world of the imagination that will fascinate readers both young and old.
In this beautifully illustrated edition we meet both universal fairy-tale figures--thieves and heroes, kings and peasants, beautiful damsels and terrifying witches, enchanted children and crafty animals--and such uniquely Russian characters as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird. Part of the Pantheon Fairy Tale and Folklore Library, this collection of nearly two hundred tales curated by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal the fascinating, centuries-old Russian storytelling tradition.
Translated by Norbert Guterman
Illustrated by Alexander Alexeieff
“Rambunctious, full-blooded, and temperamental, these stories are tense with action, magical, and human. They are gorgeous.”
“The oral folk tradition in Russia was truly a magic spring [that] flowed inexhaustibly, reviving, consoling, and enlightening all who partook of it . . . These stories have an ingenuity that marks them as uniquely Russian.”
“A beautiful book. I recommend it to all readers, young and old, who are interested in the folktale and its unique qualities.”
—Isaac Bashevis Singer, The New York Times Book Review
“Luckily someone garnered these jewels before they were lost [and] bound them into one volume before they disappeared . . . It is filled with action, magic, and humanity.”
—St. Louis Globe-Democrat