In the middle of the 19th Century Russian ethnographer Alexander Afanasyev, inspired by the Brothers Grimm, embarked on the ambitious task of sifting through the huge repository of tales from Russian folklore and selecting the very best from written and oral sources. An eight-volume collection resulted, comprising of around 600 stories that has come to be recognised as one of the most influential and enduringly popular books in Russian literature.
This large selection from Afanasyev’s work, presented in a new translation by Stephen Pimenoff, will give English readers the opportunity to discover one of the founding texts of the European folkloristic tradition.
Displaying a vast array of unforgettable characters, such as the Baba-Yaga, Ivan the Fool, Vasilisa the Fair and the Firebird, these tales – by turns adventurous, comical and downright madcap – will enchant readers for their raw beauty and constant ability to surprise and excite.
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