Krylov's Birds & Beasts: A Selection of the Fables
Krylov, Ivan Andreevich
Ralphs, E. E
. Howard Baker . London
PG3337.K7 R35 1990 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A curious book by a translator who is pictured standing with a bear! Forty-five verse fables in rhyming couplets, with the last of them, Dancing Fish (77) in two versions, the first of which was originally suppressed by the Censor. An italicized statement after a fable often points out its political implications. Many of these fables are straight Aesop. Some are slightly modified; e.g. The Lion and the Gnat (51) has only one phase, in which the gnat wins. Several are new to me: The Monkey (19), The Squirrel (26), Ass and Peasant (54), The Wolf and the Young Mouse (57), The Hare Goes Hunting (59), The Cuckoo and the Cock (63), The Spirit of Inquiry (71), and The Fox (and the wolf, 74). The illustrations look like cheap xeroxes. There is a photo of Krylov on the back dust jacket and a photo of the Leningrad Krylov monument on 10. Several typographical mistakes, e.g. missing quotation marks at the beginning of line 10 on 39 and they's for they'd on 65. This book helps me get ready to teach fable the next time. Some musts to be included from Krylov's work include: The Geese (15), A Pike (20), The Kitten and the Starling (32), The Donkey and the Nightingale (47), The Cuckoo and the Cock (63), Monkey and Glasses (65), and Dancing Fish (77).