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The Cloak of Dreams: Chinese Fairy Tales (Oddly Modern Fairy Tales)

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Publisher Comments:

"A splendid modern work. . . . What baroque dreams, grotesque scenes, ghostly, ridiculous, strange, and chilling brainstorms!. . . All of this is remarkable, original, and uncanny. . . . I recommend that readers go and find some good time to spend with this beautiful book."--Thomas Mann

"Flirting with aestheticism and exoticism, Béla Balázs's fairy tales draw their power from an oracular voice that traces paths of desire, dread, rapture, and sorrow. A master stylist, Balázs puts us in touch with the sublime through velvety prose that mimics the brush strokes of master calligraphers. Jack Zipes's introduction tells its own fascinating tale about how a Hungarian writer and intellectual found redemption in fairy tales."--Maria Tatar, author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood

"These fairy tales are wonderful, touching, and fantastic--you can feel the giddy liberty Balázs gave himself in writing them. I enthusiastically recommend them to anyone who can still feel the pleasure of being kidnapped by fantasy and being taken away to a land that is both vividly colored and intellectually curious. The collection is a delight and Jack Zipes's introduction is splendid."--Andrei Codrescu, author of The Posthuman Dada Guide

"This translation of what Thomas Mann called a 'beautiful book' will enchant readers. Balázs creates a world of dreams in which the alienation of man from woman and soul from body is imaginatively overcome."--Lee Congdon, James Madison University

"A poet in many genres--verse, drama, short stories, tales, novels, diaries, memoirs, philosophy, films, and film theory--Béla Balázs was one of the great dreamers of Hungary's sensational fin-de-siècle generation. His long journey from Szeged, Hungary led him through Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and Moscow, and back to Budapest. These Chinese fairy tales reflect Balázs's wisdom, his powers of visual imagery, psychological insight, and playfulness."--Tibor Frank, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

"An astonishing find that deserves to be brought to light. The translations are beautifully poetic and a joy to read."--Anton Kaes, University of California, Berkeley

"These wonderful and bizarre tales are at once complex and simple. I found myself rereading several and discovering each time some new and wondrous twist and detail."--Nora M. Alter, Temple University

Synopsis:

"A splendid modern work. . . . What baroque dreams, grotesque scenes, ghostly, ridiculous, strange, and chilling brainstorms!. . . All of this is remarkable, original, and uncanny. . . . I recommend that readers go and find some good time to spend with this beautiful book."--Thomas Mann

"Flirting with aestheticism and exoticism, Béla Balázs's fairy tales draw their power from an oracular voice that traces paths of desire, dread, rapture, and sorrow. A master stylist, Balázs puts us in touch with the sublime through velvety prose that mimics the brush strokes of master calligraphers. Jack Zipes's introduction tells its own fascinating tale about how a Hungarian writer and intellectual found redemption in fairy tales."--Maria Tatar, author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood

"These fairy tales are wonderful, touching, and fantastic--you can feel the giddy liberty Balázs gave himself in writing them. I enthusiastically recommend them to anyone who can still feel the pleasure of being kidnapped by fantasy and being taken away to a land that is both vividly colored and intellectually curious. The collection is a delight and Jack Zipes's introduction is splendid."--Andrei Codrescu, author of The Posthuman Dada Guide

"This translation of what Thomas Mann called a 'beautiful book' will enchant readers. Balázs creates a world of dreams in which the alienation of man from woman and soul from body is imaginatively overcome."--Lee Congdon, James Madison University

"A poet in many genres--verse, drama, short stories, tales, novels, diaries, memoirs, philosophy, films, and film theory--Béla Balázs was one of the great dreamers of Hungary's sensational fin-de-siècle generation. His long journey from Szeged, Hungary led him through Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and Moscow, and back to Budapest. These Chinese fairy tales reflect Balázs's wisdom, his powers of visual imagery, psychological insight, and playfulness."--Tibor Frank, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

"An astonishing find that deserves to be brought to light. The translations are beautifully poetic and a joy to read."--Anton Kaes, University of California, Berkeley

"These wonderful and bizarre tales are at once complex and simple. I found myself rereading several and discovering each time some new and wondrous twist and detail."--Nora M. Alter, Temple University

Synopsis:

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 Béla Balázs (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 Balázs'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 Balázs'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.

About the Author

Jack Zipes is the translator of "The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm" (Bantam), the editor of "The Great Fairy Tale Tradition" (Norton), and the author of "Why Fairy Tales Stick", among many other books. He is professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Béla Balázs, the Homeless Wanderer, or, The Man Who

Sought to Become One with the World 1

A Note on the Mysterious Illustrator Mariette Lydis 58

THE CLOAK OF DREAMS

Chapter 1: The Cloak of Dreams 65

Der Mantel der Träume

Chapter 2: Li-Tai-Pe and the Thief 70

Li-Tai-Pe und der Dieb

Chapter 3: The Parasols 74

Die Sonnenschirme

Chapter 4: The Clumsy God 80

Der ungeschickte Gott

Chapter 5: The Opium Smokers 86

Die Opiumraucher

Chapter 6: The Flea 90

Der Floh

Chapter 7: The Old Child 95

Das alte Kind

Chapter 8: The Robbers of Divine Power 104

Die Gottesräuber

Chapter 9: Li-Tai-Pe and Springtime 109

Li-Tai-Pe und der Frühling

Chapter 10: The Ancestors 114

Die Ahnen

Chapter 11: The Moon Fish 119

Der Mondfisch

Chapter 12: The Friends 123

Die Freunde

Chapter 13: The Revenge of the Chestnut Tree 133

Die Rache des Kastanienbaumes

Chapter 14: Tearful Gaze 139

Tränenblick

Chapter 15: The Clay Child 145

Das Lehmkind

Chapter 16: The Victor 150

Der Sieger

Appendix A: A Beautiful Book by Thomas Mann 155

Appendix B: The Book of Wan Hu-Chen by Béla Balázs 159

Bibliography 173

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691147116
Author:
Balazs, Bela
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Editor:
Zipes, Jack
Author:
Lydes, Mariette
Author:
Balzs, Bla
Author:
Zipes, Jack
Subject:
Tales -- China.
Subject:
Fairy tales -- China.
Subject:
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Literature: Primary Works and Letters
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
Comparative Literature
Subject:
Comparati
Subject:
ve Literature
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Series:
Oddly Modern Fairy Tales
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 line illus.
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in 11 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "A splendid modern work. . . . What baroque dreams, grotesque scenes, ghostly, ridiculous, strange, and chilling brainstorms!. . . All of this is remarkable, original, and uncanny. . . . I recommend that readers go and find some good time to spend with this beautiful book."--Thomas Mann

"Flirting with aestheticism and exoticism, Béla Balázs's fairy tales draw their power from an oracular voice that traces paths of desire, dread, rapture, and sorrow. A master stylist, Balázs puts us in touch with the sublime through velvety prose that mimics the brush strokes of master calligraphers. Jack Zipes's introduction tells its own fascinating tale about how a Hungarian writer and intellectual found redemption in fairy tales."--Maria Tatar, author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood

"These fairy tales are wonderful, touching, and fantastic--you can feel the giddy liberty Balázs gave himself in writing them. I enthusiastically recommend them to anyone who can still feel the pleasure of being kidnapped by fantasy and being taken away to a land that is both vividly colored and intellectually curious. The collection is a delight and Jack Zipes's introduction is splendid."--Andrei Codrescu, author of The Posthuman Dada Guide

"This translation of what Thomas Mann called a 'beautiful book' will enchant readers. Balázs creates a world of dreams in which the alienation of man from woman and soul from body is imaginatively overcome."--Lee Congdon, James Madison University

"A poet in many genres--verse, drama, short stories, tales, novels, diaries, memoirs, philosophy, films, and film theory--Béla Balázs was one of the great dreamers of Hungary's sensational fin-de-siècle generation. His long journey from Szeged, Hungary led him through Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, and Moscow, and back to Budapest. These Chinese fairy tales reflect Balázs's wisdom, his powers of visual imagery, psychological insight, and playfulness."--Tibor Frank, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

"An astonishing find that deserves to be brought to light. The translations are beautifully poetic and a joy to read."--Anton Kaes, University of California, Berkeley

"These wonderful and bizarre tales are at once complex and simple. I found myself rereading several and discovering each time some new and wondrous twist and detail."--Nora M. Alter, Temple University

"Synopsis" by , 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 Béla Balázs (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 Balázs'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 Balázs'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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