The cloak of dreams : Chinese fairy tales
- Béla Balázs ; translated and introduced by Jack Zipes ; illustrated by Mariette Lydis.
- Uniform Title
- Mantel der Träume. English
- Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2010.
- Physical description
- 1 online resource (ix, 177 pages) : illustrations.
- Oddly modern fairy tales.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-177).
- Acknowledgments ix Bela Balazs, 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 Traume
- 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 Gottesrauber
- Chapter 9: Li-Tai-Pe and Springtime
- 109 Li-Tai-Pe und der Fruhling
- 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 Tranenblick
- 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 Bela Balazs
- 159 Bibliography 173.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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 Bla Balzs (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 Balzs'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 Balzs'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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- Publication date
- Oddly modern fairy tales
- Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2011
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- 9781400836031 (electronic bk.)
- 1400836034 (electronic bk.)
- 9780691147116 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
- 0691147116 (hardcover ; alk. paper)