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Eastern Europe

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Penfield 1-932043-26-8 / 9781932043266 6 x 9", 157 pages , Penfield 
This rich collection of folktales reflects the local and regional flavor of the Slavic people, although the same plots, motifs, and structural elements occur in stories told around the world. For example, in the tale "The Three Golden Hairs," we see the Soudiche, the eastern European equivalent of the greek fate Sisters. A peasant child is ordered to be killed to evade an ominous prophecy, is abandoned to die, but survives to fulfill the dire predictions, much like Oedipus in the play by Sophocles. The endangered child is found in a basket floating down the river, and eventually becomes part of the king's household as does the bliblical Moses. In Shakespeare's Hamlet, a message to kill the hero is secretly changed to save the bearer. An apple tree in this Slavic tale bears "The Fruit of Everlasting Youth," which evokes the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden. The ages of man described by the Fate Sisters are quite similar to the ancient "Riddle of the Sphinx" A snake impedes the function of the Tree of Everlasting Youth, again reminiscent of Garden of Eden motifs. There are many more familiar themes in these tales; perhaps the reader will recognize Cinderella in the character of Marouckla, or Rumplestiltskin in the story of Kinkach Martinko. So enjoy this sparkling collection of richly imaginative folktales that stretch back in time and space to a tantalizingly remote past. Dr. Harry Oster, folklorist.

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2 MAP: Eastern Europe: 1915
Reproduction map of original Black and white map, printed on 18" x 24" paper., Reproduction map of original 
Drawn by the cartographer G. Peltier, this map was first published as a supplement to the French newsmagazine L’Illustration in 1915 to map the eastern theatre during World WarI. It shows East Prussia, western Russia, Poland, and much of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, including Galicia, Bukovina and Transylvania, in excellent detail, identifying small towns and villages, railroads, rivers and their tributaries. The text and legend are in French.

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Polishes Touches Recipes & Traditions, Jacek Nowakowski & Marlene Perrin
3 Jacek Nowakowski & Marlene Perrin Polishes Touches Recipes & Traditions
1996 183 pages, 

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Czechoslovak Culture Recipes, History and Folk Arts, Pat Martin
4 Pat Martin Czechoslovak Culture Recipes, History and Folk Arts
1989 176 pages, 
Recipes, history and folk arts. Includes photos.

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