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Fenist the Falcon by Irina Zheleznova

Fenist the Falcon

by Irina Zheleznova (Translator)

Other authors: Ivan Bilibin (Illustrator), Ivan Bilibin (Illustrator)

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Beautifully illustrated (by Ivan Bilibin, which is oddly not mentioned in this edition) translation of a Russian fairy tale analogous to the more familiar (in the West) Norwegian "East of the Sun, West of the Moon," but more dissimilar from the Cupid & Psyche myth. "Fenist" is more straightforwardly moral than "East" - I find the redemptive storyline of "East," where the heroine's own curiosity is responsible for her separation from her lover, both more troubling and more interesting - but features the bonus of Baba Yaga appearing as a helpful witch. With regard to the rich, woodsy illustrations, I can't help noting if I had read this version as a child, I would only have been disappointed that the book didn't end with a picture of the reunited couple (elaborately dressed, of course!) at their wedding. ( )
  emera | Oct 27, 2013 |
This large format, softcover book is about 9" by 12". The illustrations are outstanding. The Russian fairy tale, Fenist The Falcon, has been re-told in English by Trina Zheleznova. It was published by Goznak, in Moscow, in 1977. It has 12 pages and several lovely illustrations that are signed by a Russian artist and dated 1900 Fine condition. ( )
  icre8dstny | Dec 22, 2010 |
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A Russian fairy-tale concerning Fenist the Falcon - a prince disguised as a bird - and the young woman who must search the world for him.
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