A Mountain of Gems: Fairy Tales from the Peoples of the Soviet Land

A Mountain of Gems Fairy Tales from the Peoples of the Soviet Land Fairy tales several from some at least one from all rendered into English from the Russian Ukrainian Byelorussian Lithuanian Latvian Karelian Estonian Moldavian Azerbaijan Armenian Georgian

  • Title: A Mountain of Gems: Fairy Tales from the Peoples of the Soviet Land
  • Author: Irina Zheleznova
  • ISBN: 9781589635623
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Paperback
  • Fairy tales several from some, at least one from all rendered into English from the Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Karelian, Estonian, Moldavian, Azerbaijan, Armenian, Georgian, Bashkir, Kalmyk, Turkmen, Uzbek, Tajik, Altai, Zazahk, Yakut, Buryat, Nenets, and Chukchi The Soviet Union was a huge country, the largest in the world Its neighbors weFairy tales several from some, at least one from all rendered into English from the Russian, Ukrainian, Byelorussian, Lithuanian, Latvian, Karelian, Estonian, Moldavian, Azerbaijan, Armenian, Georgian, Bashkir, Kalmyk, Turkmen, Uzbek, Tajik, Altai, Zazahk, Yakut, Buryat, Nenets, and Chukchi The Soviet Union was a huge country, the largest in the world Its neighbors were Alaska in the East and Scandinavia in the West In the south it stretched as far as the Caucasus and Pamir mountain ranges, and in the North reached out into the Arctic Ocean When the rays of dawn light up the sky of Khabarovsk in the Far East, the sun is only just beginning to set in Minsk, Kiev and other cities in the west and while icy winds blow in Yakutia, roses bloom in Tashkent and vacationers enjoy the sun on the pebbly beaches of the Black Sea Many different peoples live in this huge country, each with its own habits and traditions, its own language The Uzbek language, for instance, bears as little resemblance to the Russian or, say, the Moldavian as the Arabic does to the English or the Chinese And each of the peoples of the former Soviet Union has its own fairytales The Chuckchi and Nenets tales as well as the tales of other peoples of Russia s North transport us into the snowy tundra, a realm of fierce frosts and howling blizzards, where the dog and the reindeer are man s best friends In the tales of the peoples of Central Asia caravans of camels plod slowly over the scorching sands, and the ceaseless murmur of water comes from the numerous canals that feed the ever thirsty fields Other scenes and images rise up before us when we read Russian fairy tales The stout hearted young heroes of these tales gallop on horseback over hills and dales which are green in summer and carpeted with snow in winter, while their lovely tsarevnas sit patiently waiting for them in their log towers with windows of mica Open the book, and you will find yourselves in a world of magic None of your old friends will be there neither Jack the Giant Killer, nor Little Red Riding Hood, nor Cinderella or any of the others Instead, together with Ivan the Peasant s Son you will cross swords with Chudo Yudo, the fire breathing monster follow Pokati Goroshek the Rolling Pea into the underground kingdom and return from there on the back of an eagle marvel at the cleverness of Zarniyar who outwitted the sly and cruel Shah be filled with admiration at Boroldoi Mergen, the brave hunter of the Altai Mountains who risked the life of his own son in order to save his people delight in the resourcefulness of a simple weaver who surpassed in wisdom the wisest councillors of the tsar.

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    One thought on “A Mountain of Gems: Fairy Tales from the Peoples of the Soviet Land”

    1. A book picked out at a used book store and what became a treasure trove of my memories all the while introducing a young Indian girl in the early 90's to a world so far removed from what her reality was. A world filled with Tsar's and boys named Ivan and tales that began in places named Ukraine, Armenia, Uzbek, Byeloruss and the like. Places I could not even pronounce let alone imagine.

    2. My edition has stamped number 27. It is the original 1963 edition from the foreign languages publishing house Moscow. Some of the English is now archaic but it has a wealth of fantastic stories that will entertain and inform any child. I loved it as a child and still children who I read it to find these stories enthralling, scary and thoughtful. Get a copy if you can.

    3. Fabulous! My daughter enjoyed it. These are folk stories from the regions far away from the big cities and modern lifestyle. wonderfully written.

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