Russian gypsy tales (International Folk Tales)

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9781566561006: Russian gypsy tales (International Folk Tales)
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

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This thought-provoking anthology offers compelling insights into the often highly romanticized life of the gypsy. (A few old photographs of actual gypsies add to the book's exoticism.) As translator Riordan states in his informative introduction, these 36 stories "lift just a corner of the curtain that obscures Russian Rom traditions, mysteries, and beliefs." The narratives--some only single-page vignettes--will be generally unfamiliar, as they were garnered from gypsy clans all over the unified nation. Readers will meet fortune tellers, horse traders, handsome gypsy lovers, goblins. There is both adventure ("The Enchanted Hinny") and romance ("Vasya Whitefeet"); stories tell of clan rivalries, outwitting the devil, winning the proper bride. Whimsical black-and-white illustrations, like Wanda Gag's prepossessing drawings of several decades ago, decorate the book. An unusual and substantial volume. Ages 9-up.
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Druts, Yefin; Gessler, Alexei; Riordan, James, Tr.
Published by Interlink Books, New York (1992)
ISBN 10: 1566561000 ISBN 13: 9781566561006
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Book Description Interlink Books, New York, 1992. Hard Cover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. First Printing.. First Printing is Ex-Lib with all the Usual Suspects. Good in black full cloth over boards w gilt spine titling; edges of text-block sl soiled. DJ under protective mylar is Good w sl creasing along extremities. "This thought-provoking anthology offers compelling insights into the often highly romanticized life of the gypsy. (A few old photographs of actual gypsies add to the book's exoticism.) As translator Riordan states in his informative introduction, these 36 stories ``lift just a corner of the curtain that obscures Russian Rom traditions, mysteries, and beliefs.'' The narratives--some only single-page vignettes--will be generally unfamiliar, as they were garnered from gypsy clans all over the unified nation. Readers will meet fortune tellers, horse traders, handsome gypsy lovers, goblins. There is both adventure (``The Enchanted Hinny'') and romance (``Vasya Whitefeet''); stories tell of clan rivalries, outwitting the devil, winning the proper bride. Whimsical black-and-white illustrations, like Wanda Gag's prepossessing drawings of several decades ago, decorate the book. An unusual and substantial volume. Ages 9-up.--PW, Dec 7 1992 Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Used. Seller Inventory # 011441

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