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Long, Long Tales from the Russian North

Jack V. Haney, translator and editor

LONG, LONG TALES FROM THE RUSSIAN NORTH (Jack V. Haney, translator and editor; Univ. Press of Mississippi, $60) includes 17 tales that are much longer than the short, conventional wondertales we are accustomed to. In fact, these are translations of “serial tales” by five gifted story tellers from the Russian North, told and recorded nearly a century ago. Reading these, you can almost imagine yourself relaxing by a quiet northern lake in late summer, staring at a dwindling fire as a narrator spins out his tale.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: July/Aug 2013