The Magic Pear and Other Legends and Fables from Russia and Other Lands

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Zwerin, Anne
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1975
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There are eighteen pages (35-52) of Armenian fables by Mkrtitch Koryun between two fairy tales and myths by Tolstoy. The introduction (35) speaks of their dry, straight humor. This collection includes remakes of Aesop along with jokes and several fables that are new to me. The first of the stories here, The Magpie and the Fledgling, has the Aesopic motif First save me, then preach at me. The Ass and the Bag of Gold features celebration not of the ass but of what the ass is carrying. The best of those new to me are The Pig and the Swan (39), and The Caged Nightingale (41). In the former, the pig sees a swan for the first time and declares A freak! I should die of grief, if I thought I looked like that! In the latter, the caged nightingale asks why she is in cage and receives the answer that it protects her from the cat. The nightingale asks if it would not then be better to put not her but the cat into the cage!
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