By Robert Chandler
'She changed into a frog, right into a lizard, into every kind of alternative reptiles after which right into a spindle'
In those stories, younger women move on lengthy and hard quests, depraved stepmothers flip youngsters into ducks and tsars ask harmful riddles, with aid or main issue from magical dolls, cannibal witches, speaking skulls, stolen other halves, and brothers disguised as clever birds. part the stories listed here are precise oral stories, gathered via folklorists over the last centuries, whereas the others are reworkings of oral stories via 4 nice Russian writers: Alexander Pushkin, Nadezhda Teffi, Pavel Bazhov and Andrey Platonov.
In his advent to those new translations, Robert Chandler writes in regards to the primitive magic inherent in those stories and the taboos round them, whereas within the afterword, Sibelan Forrester discusses the witch Baba Yaga. This variation additionally contains an appendix, bibliography and notes.
Translated via Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler
With Sibelan Forrester, Anna Gunin and Olga Meerson