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Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales

This volume is a treasure chest of classic Eastern tales drawing on the rich folklore of Turkey. Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales has not been in print for almost 100 years, mainly because the original edition had lavish production standards. On the used market, mint copies of the 1913 original can cost up to four figures. This volume is appropriately titled Fairy Tales because something definitely 'fairy' occurs. There are talking animals, flying horses, birds that magically change into beautiful maidens, quests to win the hand of a princess, magical objects, simple, yet brave, peasants, wizards, witches, dragons and dungeons, epic journeys, and loveable fools. The majority of these stories contain encounters with 'Dews', or Turkish supernatural beings, better known in the West as 'Genies.' Sometimes the Turkish Dews are also called 'Arabs!' There are many other specifically Turkish elements and references in the stories, for which the glossary at the end of the book is of particular help. So this isn't simply an orientalised set of European Tales, but was drawn from an authentic Turkish oral storytelling tradition by Dr. Ignacz Kunos . Plus, there are almost 200 illustrations exquisitely crafted by Willy Pogany. While our production is not as lavish as the original, it does contain the original illustrations. Note: some of the illustrations could be considered unsuitable by 21st Century standards because they can be considered as caricatures with obvious ethnic stereotypes. However, in most cases, the illustrator is portraying imaginary creatures, which are supposed to be grotesque. Also to be remembered is the book was originally produced in 1913 when the world's attitudes towards racial tolerance and acceptance were quite different to those of today.
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Table of Contents

The Creation The Brother and Sister Fear He observed that his coffin was being made The Three Orange Peris The Rose Beauty The Silent Princess Kara Mustafa the Hero The Wizard Dervish The Fish Peri The Horse-Dew and the Witch The Simpleton The Majic Turban, the Majic Whip and the Majic Carpet Mahomet the Bald Head The Storm Fiend The Laughing Apple and the Weeping Apple The Crow Peri The Forty Princes and The Seven-Headed Dragon Kamer-taj the Moon-Horse The Bird of Sorrow The Enchanted Pomegranate Branch and the Beauty The Majic Hair-Pins Patience-Stone and Patience-Knife The Dragon Prince and the Stepmother The Majic Mirror The Imp of the Well The Soothsayer The Daughter of the Padishah of Kandahar Shah Mermam and Sultan Sade The Wizard and his Pupil The Padishah of the Thirty Peris The Deceiver and the Thief The Snake-Peri and the Majic Mirror Little Hyacinth's Kiosk Prince Ahmed The Liver The Fortune Teller Sister and Brother Shah Jussuf 389 The Black Dragon and the Red Dragon Madjun The Forlorn Princess The Beautiful Helwa Maiden Astrology Kunterbunt The Meaning of Turkish Words used in the Text

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