A classic Russian tale retold for our time by an eminent folklorist.
"Many years ago in the great empire of Russia where wicked winds and cruel storms tormented the lives of poor peasants . . .\u201d So begins the magical story of a simple peasant boy who defeats a cruel tsar with the help of his loyal pony. Written by the Russian poet Pyotr Yershov and first published in 1834, the tale became such a favorite and was so often repeated that it soon joined the oral tradition of Russian folklore that had been Yershov's inspiration.
In Fearless Ivan and His Faithful Horse Double-Hump, Jack Zipes, doyen of folklorists, adapts this classic tale, capturing the full charm and exoticism of the original. Rendered in the style and idiom of traditional Russian folk tales, the story speaks with the voice of the underdog, slyly satirizing the hypocrisy of the Russian bureaucracy and ruling classes-a taunt to tyranny that transcends time.
With pertinent historical and biographical commentary from Zipes, along with thirty striking illustrations by Russian artists that were originally featured on postcards, this timeless tale-written for adults and celebrated as a children\u2019s classic-is now a visual and literary delight for all generations of readers.