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Chinese Fairy Tales
Cover by : Béla Balázs
    published :2010
subject :Fantasy
keywords :Tales, China, Asia, Fairy tales
size : 164.9 KiB in cover
1.1 MiB in 15 pictures
4 KiB in 32 footnotes
210.3 KiB in 497 paragraphs
~ 125 pages
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added by : Shadilay (18 Jan 2017)
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A man is changed into a flea and must bring his future parents together in order to become human again. A woman convinces a river god to cure her sick son, but the remedy has mixed consequences. A young man must choose whether to be close to his wife's soul or body. And two deaf mutes transcend their physical existence in the garden of dreams. Strange and fantastical, these fairy tales of Bela Balazs (1884-1949), Hungarian writer, film critic, and famous librettist of Bluebeard's Castle, reflect his profound interest in friendship, alienation, and Taoist philosophy. Translated and introduced by Jack Zipes, one of the world's leading authorities on fairy tales, The Cloak of Dreams brings together sixteen of Balazs's unique and haunting stories.

Written in 1921, these fairy tales were originally published with twenty images drawn in the Chinese style by painter Mariette Lydis, and this new edition includes a selection of Lydis's brilliant illustrations. Together, the tales and pictures accentuate the motifs and themes that run throughout Balazs's work: wandering protagonists, mysterious woods and mountains, solitude, and magical transformation. His fairy tales express our deepest desires and the hope that, even in the midst of tragedy, we can transcend our difficulties and forge our own destinies.

Unusual, wondrous fairy tales that examine the world's cruelties and twists of fate, The Cloak of Dreams will entertain, startle, and intrigue.

 
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A portion of this book was first published in German
under the title Der Mantel der Träume by Bischoff in 1922.
Illustrations are reproduced from Béla Balázs, Il libro delle meraviglie, edited and translated by Marinella D’Alessandro. Rome: Edizione e/o, 1994.

Requests for permission to reproduce material from this work
should be sent to Permissions, Princeton University Press
Published by Princeton University Press, 41 William Street, Princeton,
New Jersey 08540
In the United Kingdom: Princeton University Press, 6 Oxford Street,
Woodstock, Oxfordshire OX20 1TW
press.princeton.edu

Balázs, Béla, 1884–1949.
[Mantel der Träume. English.]
The cloak of dreams: Chinese fairy tales / Béla Balázs, translated and introduced by Jack Zipes, illustrated by Mariette Lydis.

ISBN 978-0-691-14711-6
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