The Cloak of Dreams
Chinese Fairy Tales
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.
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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.
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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.
Béla Balázs, the Homeless Wanderer, or, The Man Who Sought to Become One with the World
A Note on the Mysterious Illustrator Mariette Lydis
The Cloak of Dreams
1 | The Cloak of Dreams
2 | Li-Tai-Pe and the Thief
3 | The Parasols
4 | The Clumsy God
5 | The Opium Smokers
6 | The Flea
7 | The Old Child
8 | The Robbers of Divine Power
9 | Li-Tai-Pe and Springtime
10 | The Ancestors
11 | The Moon Fish
12 | The Friends
13 | The Revenge of the Chestnut Tree
14 | Tearful Gaze
15 | The Clay Child
16 | The Victor
A | A beautiful Book Thomas Mann
B | The Book of Wan Hu-Chen Béla Balázs
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