Wednesday, November 30, 2011

More Russian links

Illustrations by A. Alexeieff for Russian Fairy Tales, 1945. More of his images can be seen here.

Here you can read a Russian version of Hansel and Gretel. Many critics think that the classic good dead mother/evil stepmother represents two projections of the same mother. This tale not only has that element, but two versions of the grandmother-the good, helpful grandmother, and the evil witch Baba Yaga. Also in this story, the children are saved by their kindness to animals who help them to complete impossible tasks and escape.

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