By Robert E. Kapsis
Baba Yaga is an ambiguous and interesting determine. She looks in conventional Russian folktales as a large and hungry cannibal, or as a canny inquisitor of the adolescent hero or heroine of the story. In new translations and with an advent by means of Sibelan Forrester, Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales is a range of stories that attracts from the well-known number of Aleksandr Afanas'ev, but additionally comprises a few stories from the lesser-known nineteenth-century number of Ivan Khudiakov. This new assortment comprises liked classics resembling "Vasilisa the attractive" and "The Frog Princess," in addition to a model of the story that's the foundation for the ballet "The Firebird."
The preface and advent position those stories of their conventional context on the subject of Baba Yaga's carrying on with presence in trendy culture--the witch seems iconically on tennis sneakers, tee shirts, even tattoos. The tales are enriched with many magnificent illustrations of Baba Yaga, a few previous (traditional "lubok" woodcuts), a few classical (the magnificent pictures from Victor Vasnetsov or Ivan Bilibin), and a few rather fresh or solicited in particular for this collection
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Conversations with Steve Martin (Literary Conversation Series) by Robert E. Kapsis