The Kalevala

Author: Elias Lönnrot

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191637726

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 736

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The Kalevala is the great Finnish epic, which like the Iliad and the Odyssey, grew out of a rich oral tradition with prehistoric roots. During the first millenium of our era, speakers of Uralic languages (those outside the Indo-European group) who had settled in the Baltic region of Karelia, that straddles the border of eastern Finland and north-west Russia, developed an oral poetry that was to last into the nineteenth century. This poetry provided the basis of the Kalevala. It was assembled in the 1840s by the Finnish scholar Elias Lönnrot, who took `dictation' from the performance of a folk singer, in much the same way as our great collections from the past, from Homeric poems to medieval songs and epics, have probably been set down. Published in 1849, it played a central role in the march towards Finnish independence and inspired some of Sibelius's greatest works. This new and exciting translation by poet Keith Bosley, prize-winning translator of the anthology Finnish Folk Poetry: Epic, is the first truly to combine liveliness with accuracy in a way which reflects the richness of the original. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
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Under the Sun and Over the Moon

Author: Loretta Suliin Busch

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1483644006

Category: Poetry

Page: 96

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Book synopsis Under the Sun and Over the Moon...and through the stars of hope... is an absorbing retelling of the once sung runos in the Kalevala, which means "land of the descendants of Kaleva." In a time as ancient as it seems, Loretta Suliin Busch, interweaves these myths with imagination and attention to detail. Each myth, although unsettling, becomes vibrantly alive as the portrayed characters, in their surroundings, endure the unendurable. Among these myths you will find tales that will arouse your emotions in the complex mixture of adventures. There are trees and birds which talk, a Sampo with godlike powers, bees that seek healing honey, a homeless, pregnant bird, a resurrected man, a double suicide, six gold eggs and one iron. There are heroes with supernatural powers and women who are isolated in their hopes, dreams, joy, and tragedies as they try to understand their own lives.
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Oxford World's Classics

Author: Choderlos de Laclos

Publisher: Oxford Paperbacks

ISBN: 0192838679

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as `diabolical' and `infamous' as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind of world we ourselves live in. David Coward's introduction explodes myths about Laclos's own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context. - ;The complex moral ambiguities of seduction and revenge make Les Liaisons dangereuses (1782) one of the most scandalous and controversial novels in European literature. The subject of major film and stage adaptations, the novel's prime movers, the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise de Merteuil, form an unholy alliance and turn seduction into a game - a game which they must win. This new translation gives Laclos a modern voice, and readers will be able a judge whether the novel is as `diabolical' and `infamous' as its critics have claimed, or whether it has much to tell us about the kind of world we ourselves live in. David Coward's introduction explodes myths about Laclos's own life and puts the book in its literary and cultural context. - ;The Oxford World's Classic edition offers students an excellent introduction to this classic text and also important notes and chronologies. - Dr. Paraic Finnerty, University of Portsmouth.
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Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191662240

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 816

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Love... it means too much to me, far more than you can understand. At its simplest, Anna Karenina is a love story. It is a portrait of a beautiful and intelligent woman whose passionate love for a handsome officer sweeps aside all other ties - to her marriage and to the network of relationships and moral values that bind the society around her. The love affair of Anna and Vronsky is played out alongside the developing romance of Kitty and Levin, and in the character of Levin, closely based on Tolstoy himself, the search for happiness takes on a deeper philosophical significance. One of the greatest novels ever written, Anna Karenina combines penetrating psychological insight with an encyclopedic depiction of Russian life in the 1870s. The novel takes us from high society St Petersburg to the threshing fields on Levin's estate, with unforgettable scenes at a Moscow ballroom, the skating rink, a race course, a railway station. It creates an intricate labyrinth of connections that is profoundly satisfying, and deeply moving. Rosamund Bartlett's translation conveys Tolstoy's precision of meaning and emotional accuracy in an English version that is highly readable and stylistically faithful. Like her acclaimed biography of Tolstoy, it is vivid, nuanced, and compelling.
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Adam International Review

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: N.A

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Vols. for 1953-56 include section: Colonnade [a journal of literature and the arts]
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The Salamander and Other Gothic Tales

Author: Vladimir Fedorovich Odoevsky

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 9780810110625

Category: Fiction

Page: 215

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The Salamander and Other Gothic Tales contains eight stories by Vladimir Odoevsky (1804-69). These include The Salamander, The Cosmorama, and The Sylph, Odoevsky's three main metaphysical tales. The collection as a whole represents some of the best of Russian Romantic fiction from the first half of the nineteenth century. This is the first English edition of Odoevsky's work to be published since 1965 and six of the tales are here translated for the first time.
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Das Jahr des Hasen

Roman

Author: Arto Paasilinna

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3732531546

Category: Fiction

Page: 237

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Liebevoll-skurriler Roadtrip durch die finnische Wildnis Seine Arbeit ödet ihn an, seine Ehe ist schon seit Jahren eine Qual - der Journalist Vatanen schleppt sich von einem Tag zum nächsten. Bis ihm auf der Heimfahrt von einem seiner üblichen langweiligen Pressetermine ein junger Hase vors Auto hoppelt ... und Vatanens ehemals so hübsch geordnetes Leben zum Abenteuer wird, das ihn quer durch Finnland führt. Ein wunderbar erzählter Roman, todernst und urkomisch zugleich - von Arto Paasilinna, dem vielfach ausgezeichneten Meister des skurrilen Humors
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Eve Blossom has wheels

German love poetry

Author: Keith Bosley

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781870352529

Category: Poetry

Page: 112

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Agenda

Author: William Cookson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: English poetry

Page: N.A

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Dynamics of Tradition

Perspectives on Oral Poetry and Folk Belief ; Essays in Honour of Anna-Leena Siikala on Her 60th Birthday 1st January 2003

Author: Lotte Tarkka

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9789517464291

Category: Folklore

Page: 390

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This volume shows the reflective nature of the study of folklore. The dynamics of creating histories, nations, ideologies and identities are treated in various cultural arenas and historical contexts, ranging from academic, national and literate cultures to oral traditions. The reader is invited to witness the very creation of ethnographic data in topical studies based on fieldwork. From the ethnographic encounter with folk religion, the focus shifts to mythological traditions and the study of mythology. The section dedicated to epic studies offers a comparative view on epic poetry in various cultural settings. The genre of oral or oral-derived epic studies is a textual arena in which various cultural and historical agents, ideologies and traditions meet in dialogue or in conflict. The volume concludes with four texts inspired by Siikala's studies in the cognitive and affective processes involved in narration and system of belief. Although historically and socially conditioned, the dynamics of tradition is the dynamics of the human mind in all of its faculties.
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Kalewala

Ein finnisches Epos

Author: Elias Lönnrot

Publisher: Jung und Jung Verlag

ISBN: 3990271318

Category: Fiction

Page: 488

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Das Meer, die Erde, die Sterne, die Liebe und der Tod: Eine große Verserzählung über die Erschaffung der Welt. Von der Erschaffung der Erde und der Gestirne erzählt dieses Epos, von der Kultivierung des Bodens und dem launischen Meer, vor allem aber von den Begegnungen mit dem schemenhaften Land im Norden, um dessen Tochter die Herren Wäinämöinen, Lemminkäinen und Ilmarinen gleichermaßen werben. Doch auf die Freier warten gefährliche Aufgaben. Kalewala, das Land des Urvaters Kalewa, ist Schauplatz dieses groß angelegten Freskos der mythenumsponnenen Frühzeit Finnlands. Auf zahlreichen Fußreisen hatte Elias Lönnrot - im Geist des spätromantischen 19. Jahrhunderts - Tausende von Versen mündlich überlieferter Lieder gesammelt, Lieder epischen, lyrischen und beschwörenden Inhalts, die er in der Folge zu einem teils heldisch-kriegerischen, teils zauberhaft-magischen Epos verband. Viele namhafte Übersetzer haben sich am »Kalewala« versucht, doch erst Gisbert Jänickes Arbeit ist es, die den höchsten Ansprüchen genügt: Sie ist vollständig, beruht in allen Details auf dem Original, berücksichtigt auch die neuesten Forschungsergebnisse und besticht durch ihre geschmeidig fließende Eleganz.
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Kalevala Mythology, Revised Edition

Author: Juha Pentikäinen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 296

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"Pentikäinen’s exceptional interdisciplinary study will richly reward those interested in the dynamics of artistic creation and cultural construction, ethnic emergence and political nationalism, and shamanistic belief systems." —American Anthropologist "... a splendid contribution to the literature on folk epics... " —The Scandinavian-American Bulletin The Kalevala, created during the 1830s and 1840s, is based on authentic folklore collected and compiled by Elias Lonnrot. It was the Kalevala that initiated the process leading to the foundation of Finnish identity during the nineteenth century and was, therefore, one of the crucial factors in the formation of Finland as a new nation in the twentieth century.
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Kalevala 1835-1985

the national epic of Finland

Author: Helsingin yliopisto. Kirjasto

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 82

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Books from Finland

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Book industries and trade

Page: N.A

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Studia Fennica

Folkloristica

Author: Lauri Honko

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Folklore

Page: N.A

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Finland

Author: John Ernest Oliver Screen

Publisher: Oxford, England : Clio Press

ISBN: 9781851092659

Category: Reference

Page: 246

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This fully revised volume updates the first edition published in 1981 and appears at a crucial time as the Finns face the challenges of an increasingly competitive world and an internationalized Europe.
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The Kanteletar

Author: Elias Lönnrot,Keith Bosley

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Fiction

Page: 189

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This is the first appearance in English of The Kanteletar (1840-1), the companion volume to the Finnish national epic poem The Kalevala. Based on Finnish oral tradition, The Kanteletar (roughly "zither-daughter", a kind of muse) is a selection from a treasury of nearly seven hundred lyrics and ballads that celebrate the everyday life of a rural society at work and play. The ballads range from a beautiful sequence of legends about the Virgin Mary, through the grim tales of Elina, to a hilarious account of a dragon that refuses to devour its victims.
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The Crimes of Love

Author: Marquis de Sade,David Coward

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199539987

Category: Fiction

Page: 388

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Who but the Marquis de Sade would write not of the pain, tragedy, and joy of love but of its crimes? Murder, seduction, and incest are among the cruel rewards for selfless love in his stories--tragedy, despair, and death the inevitable outcome. Sade's villains will stop at nothing to satisfy their depraved passions, and they in turn suffer under the thrall of love. This is the most complete selection from the Marquis de Sade's four-volume collection of short stories, The Crimes of Love. David Coward's vibrant new translation captures the verve of the original, and his introduction and notes describe Sade's notorious career. This new selection includes "An Essay on Novels," Sade's penetrating survey of the novelist's art. It also contains the preface to the collection and an important statement of Sade's concept of fiction and one of the few literary manifestoes published during the Revolution. Appendices include the denunciatory review of the collection that it received on publication, and Diderot's vigorous response. A skilled and artful story-teller, Marquis de Sade's is also an intellectual who asks questions about society, about ourselves, and about life. Psychologically astute and defiantly unconventional, these stories show Sade at his best.
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Boris Godunov and Other Dramatic Works

Author: Aleksandr Sergeevich Pushkin,James E. Falen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 208

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'The people are silent' So ends Pushkin's great historical drama Boris Godunov, in which Boris's reign as Tsar witnesses civil strife and intrigue, brutality and misery. Its legacy is an uncertain future for the new Tsar whose inauguration is met with devastating silence by the people. Pushkin's dramatic work displays a scintillating variety of forms, from the historical to the metaphysical and folkloric. After Boris Godunov, they evolved into Pushkin's own unique, condensed transformations of Western European themes and traditions. The fearful amorality of A Scene from Faust is followed by the four Little Tragedies which confront greed, envy, lust, and blasphemy , while Rusalka is a tragedy of a different kind - a lyric fairytale of despair and transformation. James E. Falen's verse translations of Pushkin's dramas are here accompanied by an Introduction by Caryl Emerson on Russia's most cosmopolitan playwright.
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Mythic Images and Shamanism

A Perspective on Kalevala Poetry

Author: Anna-Leena Siikala

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Shamanistic symbolism

Page: 423

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