Monday, 6 June 2011

Mining Afanasiev

This is a monster of a briliant anthology of Russian tales, hardly any of which actually have fairies in them, where houses stand on chicken legs, and every second person seems to be called Ivan (in England he'd be 'Jack' I guess). I picked the ones that caught my imagination and listed them here:

The Golden Slipper
Emelya the Simpleton
The Frog Princess
The Fox and the Crane
The Fox as Midwife
Baba Yaga
The Secret Ball
Old Favours are soon Forgotten
The Bold Knight, the Apples of Truth, and the Water of Life
The Bun
The Crystal Mountain
The Firebird and Princess Vasilisa
The Dog and the Woodpecker
The Wise Wife
The Goldfish
The Devil who was a Potter
The Raven and the Lobster
Prince Ivan, the Firebird and the Grey Wolf

Now I'll read them all again and narrow it down to 5 or 10.

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