The "Malachite Casket" is a delightful series of interlinking stories written by Pavel Bazhov These have served as the theme for cultural groups —Sergei Prokofiev was inspired by these for his ballet "The Flower of Stone"— and the themes for operas, symphonies and films have originated here. These stories are told to a young boy by a watchman, who lived on top of a mountain in the Ural Mountain region of Russia. The tales are darker and deeper than most Russian tales, exploring and expressing realistic social relations and internal struggles. There is not a single person in Russia who has not heard of "The Malachite Box" by Pavel Bazhov, who learned the unwritten history of The Urals while working as a boy in the old mines.
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Eve Manning Translator. Viktor Kirillov Illustrator. The Malachite Casket , a delightful collection of tales is being re-published for the centenary of the birth of the author, Pavel Bazhov Bazhov spent many years collecting the legends, traditions and sayings which he later wove into the collection which well merits the description "something different".
In the music of Urals speech, characters- real and fantast The Malachite Casket , a delightful collection of tales is being re-published for the centenary of the birth of the author, Pavel Bazhov In the music of Urals speech, characters- real and fantastic -come to life: The Mistress of The Copper Mountain who guards its wealth, the Great Serpent with its trail of gold, and skillful artist-craftsmen to whom the secrets of the mountain depths and of their craft are open.
The Malachite Casket is rightly regarded as a classic. It has served as the theme for sculptured groups, Sergei Prokofiev drew from it inspiration for his ballet "The Flower of Stone", and it has provided the theme for operas, symphonies, and films. In the present collection we offer twenty of the best stories, taking the reader back to the times of old, the joy of craftsmanship and the rich colours of folk fantasy.
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The Russian tales are very interesting; I've seen only one of them "Silver Hoof" in another book. The hard lives of the serfs and citizens in mining and gold-prospecting villages make the demigoddess and spirits of the mountains all the more magical.
The translation is charming and conversational. However, the Predonia edition has some problems. It appears to be a facsimile edition, which is nice in some ways. The illustrations are beautiful, and I'm glad to I found this book fascinating. The illustrations are beautiful, and I'm glad to have them. However, there's a lack of context. It's not clear who made the pen-and-ink art, nor who made the elaborate prints that I can only guess might have been color plates in the original.
No translator is credited, either. Delightful as the translation is, I'd like to know why the characters often speak in a dialect that reads something like Scottish. A preface or some notes about the stories would be useful as well. I wasn't clear as to whether these were old stories, stories from the time of the Russian Revolution, or some combination. Real people of the Russian Revolution appear, and I don't know whether they have always been a part of those tales or not. Some unusual words, such as "artel" a kind of co-op , are defined; others, such as "quit-rent," are not.
My biggest concern with this edition is that a page is repeated. It's repeated in a different story, so that the last page of "Zhelezkho's Covers" appears twice and the penultimate page of "Cat's Ears" never appears at all. I would love to read these stories again, and I'd love to have more context for understanding them.
I'm keeping this copy, but if I ever find an affordable copy of an older edition, I will buy that one and pass this one on. The Russian version of the Brother's Grimm, this book contains classic Russian folk tales. The proper and place names are a bit of a chore, and it helps to know something of Russian culture, but they these stories are well worth the read. Anna Michelle marked it as to-read Jun 06, Anatoly Vyatkin is currently reading it Sep 14, Asma Naz marked it as to-read Sep 14, Valeriy Popov rated it really liked it Sep 26, Rana Hasan rated it it was amazing Oct 09,
Malachite Casket : Tales from the Urals
Malahitovaja shkatulka , also known as " The Malachite Box ",  is a folk tale the so-called skaz of the Ural region collected and reworked by Pavel Bazhov. It was first published in the several issues of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Na Smenu! It was later released as a part of The Malachite Casket collection. This skaz was first published in the several issues of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Na Smenu! Tjatino podarenje , but the title was changed prior to publication.
Malachite Casket: Tales From the Urals
Tanyusha is the most beautiful girl in the village, but her beauty is mysterious and sinister, like the precious stones in the malachite casket she received from her father, who vanished without a trace in the mines while searching for the Mistress of the Copper Mountain, according to rumour. During the last century, the magical stories about the powerful Mistress of the Copper Mountain and the prospector-stonemasons of the Urals provided rich material for filmmakers Alexander Ptushko and composers Sergei Prokofiev and Kirill Molchanov , but in recent years, interest in them has waned. Director Olga Enns and Set Designer Galya Solodovnikova have staged "a frightening fairy-tale for family viewing", creating an exciting atmosphere on the border between two worlds: the everyday and the fantastic. Sign up. An Anthology of Russian Music.
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There is not a single person in Russia who has not heard of "The Malachite Box" by Pavel Bazhov, who learned the unwritten history of The Urals while working as a boy in the old mines. The life of the celebrated author of well-known Urals tales as well as his books are inseparable from the Urals. Read more Read less click to open popover Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
The Malachite Casket (fairy tale)
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