In A Certain Kingdom: Twelve Russian Fairy Tales - Translated by Thomas P. Whitney - 1972 Macmillan Hardback

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The stories in this volume were selected by the translator from the over 600 tales and legends that appear in the definitive Afanasyev collection. They offer an exciting glimpse into the magical world of Russia's great oral tradition. It is a world inhabited by firebirds with golden feathers and falcons who are princes in disguise, by the fiery snake-dragon Zmei Gorynych, by Koshchei the Deathless and the various wise and beautiful Vasilisas, the spine-tin-gling yet sometimes friendly Baba Yagas, the simple Ivans who are not really fools, and the mighty bogatyrs, Russia's epic heroes.

In an excellent Afterword Mr. Whitney presents a biographical sketch of Alexander Nikolayevich Afanasyev and tells the intriguing story of how the folklorist's celebrated collection came into existence.

Dieter Lange's striking illustrations have the freshness and folk quality of woodcuts.

Translated by Thomas P. Whitney

Illustrated by Dieter Lange