The most comprehensive collection of classic Russian tales available in English introduces readers to universal fairy-tale figures and to such uniquely Russian characters such as Koshchey the Deathless, Baba Yaga, the Swan Maiden, and the glorious Firebird. Beautifully illustrated, the more than 175 tales culled from a landmark multi-volume collection by the outstanding Russian ethnographer Aleksandr Afanas'ev reveal a rich, robust world of the imagination.
“Rambunctious, full-blooded, and temperamental, these stories are tense with action, magical, and human. They are gorgeous.” —Eudora Welty
“The oral folk tradition in Russia was truly a magic spring [that] flowed inexhaustibly, reviving, consoling, and enlightening all who partook of it . . . These stories have an ingenuity that marks them as uniquely Russian.” —Time
“A beautiful book. I recommend it to all readers, young and old, who are interested in the folktale and its unique qualities.” —Isaac Bashevis Singer, The New York Times Book Review
“Luckily someone garnered these jewels before they were lost [and] bound them into one volume before they disappeared . . . It is filled with action, magic, and humanity.” —St. Louis Globe-Democrat