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Traditional Slovak folktales
Cooper, David L., 1970-
Publication Information:
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, [2001]

Physical Description:
xxx, 297 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
1. The enchanted forest -- 2. Two rascals -- 3. The wizard -- 4. Stovey the fool -- 5. The spinner of gold -- 6. The gypsy duped the devil -- 7. Radúz and L'udmíla -- 8. The golden horseshoe, the golden feather, and the golden hair -- 9. Brother birdie -- 10. Lomidrevo or Valibuk -- 11. The bear and the mosquito -- 12. The little deer -- 13. Kubo's adventures -- 14. Mataj -- 15. Dalajláma -- 16. We three brothers -- 17. Lady kitty -- 18. Bladder-Blatherskite and his friends -- 19. Vintalko -- 20. Sitno -- 21. The people-eaters -- 22. The sorceress queen -- 23. Heavenly glory -- 24. Old Bodrík and the wolf -- 25. A pair of equal beauty -- 26. Klinko and Kompit King -- 27. Kinglet, Cooklet, and Ashlet -- 28. The old maid and the devil -- 29. The tale of the foolish woman -- 30. Johnny Pea -- 31. The man who never sinned -- 32. Beautiful Ibronka -- 33. The shorn nanny goat and the hedgehog -- 34. The old man and the twelve sheep -- 35. The twelve months -- 36. The wooden cow -- 37. A woman's wit -- 38. The toad's Godmother -- 39. The kids -- 40. Salt over gold -- 41. The tinkers and the evil one -- 42. The honest Valach -- 43. Auntie Death -- 44. Petor and the Heavenly Father in the Wide Vale -- 45. The king of time -- 46. The Bača and the dragon -- 47. The golden-horned stag -- 48. Right -- 49. The dead suitor -- 50. Popolvár, the greatest in the world.

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This delightful collection makes the rich but little-known Slovak folk culture available for English-language readers. Most of the fifty tales assembled here from the collections of folklorist Pavol Dobsinsky are translated into English for the first time. The poetic qualities of the originals have been carefully preserved. The general reader will enjoy these tales immensely, and students will find an insightful introduction to the genres of the folktale and the specifics of Slovak tales. For expert readers, all of the tales have been classified according to the Aarne-Thompson index, and many include short commentaries that draw on the work of Viera Gasparikova.

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Choice Review

The only substantial English-language collection of exclusively Slovak folktales--25 Fairy Tales and Fables, selected by Viera Janusova (1988), includes both Czech and Slovak tales--this book contains 50 tales originally published by Pavol Dobsinsky in the second half of the 19th century. Cooper (doctoral candidate, Columbia) includes here translations both of the tales and of Dobsinsky's notes, supplementing this material with his own notes and those of others. The translation reads well and is in places very inventive, e.g., "Up was a cinch, but down was a pinch." All tales come with their number in the Aarne-Thompson classification and information about where they were collected. A map explains 19th-century Slovak topography. Cooper notes connections with middle and western European folktales (tales 38 and 49), but these Slovak tales will also interest those studying eastern Slavic folktales. For example, the Slovak witch (related to Frau Holle in the German tales and Baba Yaga in the Russian ones) rides through the air on a shovel, not a broom; her Russian relative uses a pestle and mortar. Recommended for academic libraries at all levels and for large public collections. B. K. Beynen Des Moines Area Community College

Table of Contents

I Introduction
1 The Enchanted Forest
2 Two Rascals
3 The Wizard
4 Stovey the Fool
5 The Spinner of Gold
6 The Gypsy Duped the Devil
7 Rad'uz and udmila
8 The Golden Horseshoe, the Golden Feather, and the Golden Hair
9 Brother Birdie
10 Lomidrevo or Valibuk
11 The Bear and the Mosquito
12 The Little Deer
13 Kubo's Adventures
14 Mataj
15 Dalajl'ama
16 We Three Brothers
17 Lady Kitty
18 Bladder-Blatherskite and His Friends
19 Vintalko
20 Sitno
21 The People-Eaters
22 The Sorceress Queen
23 Heavenly Glory
24 Old Bodr'ik and the Wolf
25 A Pair of Equal Beauty
26 Klinko and Kompit King
27 Kinglet, Cooklet, and Ashlet
28 The Old Maid and the Devil
29 The Tale of the Foolish Woman
30 Johnny Pea
31 The Man Who Never Sinned
32 Beautiful Ibronka
33 The Shorn Nanny Goat and the Hedgehog
34 The Old Man and the Twelve Sheep
35 The Twelve Months
36 The Wooden Cow
37 A Woman's Wit
38 The Toad's Godmother
39 The Kids
40 Salt Over Gold
41 The Tinkers and the Evil One
42 The Honest Valach
43 Auntie Death
44 Petor and the Heavenly Father in the Wide Vale
45 The King of Time
46 The Baca and the Dragon
47 The Golden-Horned Stag
48 Right
49 The Dead Suitor
50 Popolv'ar, the Greatest in the World Classification and Commentaries to the Tales
IV Glossary
Appendix: Tale Collection in Nineteenth-Century Slovakia and the Origin of Traditional Slovak Folktales
Map: Slovak Countries in the Nineteenth-Century