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The folktales of A. N. Afanas’ev represent the largest single collection of folktales in any European language and perhaps in the world. Widely regarded as the Russian Grimm, Afanas’ev collected folktales from throughout the Russian Empire in what are now regarded as the three East Slavic languages, Byelorusian, Russian, and Ukrainian. The result of his own collecting, the collecting of friends and correspondents, and in a few cases his publishing of works from earlier and forgotten collections is truly phenomenal. In his lifetime, Afanas’ev published more than 575 tales in his most popular and best known work, Narodnye russkie skazki. In addition to this basic collection he prepared a volume of Russian legends, many on religious themes, an anthology of mildly obscene tales, and voluminous writings on Slavic folk life and Slavic mythology. His works were subject to the strict censorship of ecclesiastical and state authorities that lasted until the demise of the Soviet Union at the end of the twentieth century. Overwhelmingly, his particular emendations were of a stylistic nature, while those of the censors mostly concerned content. The censored tales are generally not included.

Up to now, there has been no complete English-language version of the Russian folktales of Afanas’ev. This translation is based on L. G. Barag and N. V. Novikov’s edition (Moscow: Nauka, 1984–1986), widely regarded as the authoritative edition. The present edition includes commentaries to each tale as well as its international classification number.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Preface
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Introduction. A. N. Afanas’ev: His Life and Works
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  1. Glossary
  2. pp. 34-35
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  1. On Translating Afanas’ev’s Collection of Folktales
  2. pp. 36-41
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  1. Little Sister Fox and the Wolf
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  1. For a Bast Boot, a Hen—For the Hen, a Goose
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  1. The Fox Midwife
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  1. The Fox, the Hare, and the Cock
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  1. The Fox Confessor
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  1. The Fox Healer
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  1. An Old Man Climbs Up to the Sky
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  1. The Old Man in Heaven
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  1. The Fox as Keener
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  1. The Peasant, the Bear, and the Fox
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  1. Old Hospitality Is Soon Forgotten
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  1. The Sheep, the Fox, and the Wolf
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  1. The Beasts in the Pit
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  1. The Fox and the Grouse
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  1. The Fox and the Woodpecker
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  1. The Fox and the Crane
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  1. Snow Maiden and the Fox
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  1. The Fox and the Crayfish
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  1. The Bun
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  1. The Tomcat, the Cock, and the Fox
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  1. The Tomcat and the Fox
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  1. The Frightened Bear and Wolves
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  1. The Bear, the Fox, the Gadfly,and the Peasant
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  1. The Wolf
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  1. The Sow and the Wolf
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  1. The Wolf and the Goat
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  1. The Wolf Is a Fool
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  1. The Bear
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  1. The Bear, the Dog, and the Cat
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  1. The Goat
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  1. A Tale about a Shedding Goat
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  1. A Tale about a Certain One-Sided Ram
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  1. The Beasts’ Winter Quarters
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  1. The Bear and the Cock
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  1. The Dog and the Woodpecker
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  1. The Cock and the Hen
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  1. The Death of the Cock
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  1. The Hen
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  1. The Crane and the Heron
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  1. The Crow and the Lobster
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  1. The Eagle and the Crow
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  1. The Gold Fish
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  1. The Greedy Old Woman
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  1. The Tale of Ersh Ershovich, Bristleback’s Son
  2. pp. 160-172
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  1. A Story about a Toothsome Pike
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  1. The Tower of the Fly
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  1. The Spider
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  1. The Bubble, the Straw, and the Bast Boot
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  1. The Turnip
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  1. Mushrooms
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  1. Frost, Sun, and Wind
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  1. Sun, Moon, and Raven Ravenson
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  1. The Witch and the Sun’s Sister
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  1. The Vazuza and the Volga
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  1. Frost
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  1. The Old Woman Who Griped
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  1. Daughter and Stepdaughter
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  1. The Mare’s Head
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  1. Little Bitty Khavroshechka
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  1. The Little Red Cow
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  1. Baba Yaga
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  1. Vasilisa the Beautiful
  2. pp. 212-218
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  1. Baba Yaga and the Midget
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  1. Baba Yaga and the Nimble Youth
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  1. Ivashko and the Witch
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  1. Tereshechka
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  1. The Swan-Geese
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  1. Prince Danila Govorila
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  1. The Truth and the Lie
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  1. The Prince and His Uncle
  2. pp. 259-267
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  1. Ivan Tsarevich and Marfa Tsarevna
  2. pp. 268-272
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  1. The Little Copper Man
  2. pp. 273-277
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  1. The Merchant’s Daughter and Her Maid
  2. pp. 278-281
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  1. The Three Tsardoms—Copper, Silver, and Gold
  2. pp. 282-299
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  1. Frolka the Dropout
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  1. The Norka Beast
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  1. Rollingpea
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  1. Ivan Popialov
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  1. Storm-Bogatyr, Ivan the Cow’s Son
  2. pp. 323-333
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  1. Ivan the Bull’s Son
  2. pp. 334-342
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  1. Ivan the Peasant’s Son and the Little Manthe Size of a Finger with MoustachesSeven Versts Long
  2. pp. 343-347
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  1. Ivan Suchenko and the Belyi Polianin
  2. pp. 348-355
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  1. Dawn, Evening, and Midnight
  2. pp. 356-359
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  1. The Bear, Moustaches, Mountain Man, and Oakman Bogatyrs
  2. pp. 360-368
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  1. Nodei, the Priest’s Grandson
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  1. The Flying Ship
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  1. The Seven Simeons
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  1. Nikita the Tanner
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  1. The Serpent and the Gypsy
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  1. The Hired Hand
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  1. Shabarsha
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  1. Ivan the Bear’s Son
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  1. A Soldier Rescues a Tsarevna
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  1. A Fugitive Soldier and the Devil
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  1. The Two Ivans, a Soldier’s Sons
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  1. Koshchei the Deathless
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  1. Mar’ia Morevna
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  1. Fedor Tugarin and Anastasia the Beautiful
  2. pp. 447-451
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  1. Ivan Tsarevich and the Belyi Polianin
  2. pp. 452-457
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  1. The Crystal Mountain
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  1. Bukhtan Bukhtanovich
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  1. Kozma Quickrich
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  1. Emelia the Fool
  2. pp. 468-477
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  1. At the Pike’s Command
  2. pp. 478-481
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  1. The Tale about Ivan Tsarevich, the Firebird, and the Gray Wolf
  2. pp. 482-491
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  1. The Firebird and Vasilisa Tsarevna
  2. pp. 492-498
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  1. A Tale about the Brave Lad, the Rejuvenating Apples, and the Living Water
  2. pp. 499-529
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  1. Commentaries
  2. pp. 530-549
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  1. Bibliography
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781626740549
Related ISBN
9781628460933
MARC Record
OCLC
878813021
Pages
560
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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