Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to western European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories that have been passed on through story and text for generations. But Koschei has never before been seen through the eyes of Catherynne Valente, whose modernized and transformed take on the legend brings the action to modern times, spanning many of the great developments of Russian history in the twentieth century. Deathless, however, is no dry, historical tome: it lights up like fire as the young Marya Morevna transforms from a clever child of the revolution, to Koschei's beautiful bride, to his eventual undoing. Along the way there are Stalinist house elves, magical quests, secrecy and bureaucracy, and games of lust and power. All told, Deathless is a collision of magical history and actual history, of revolution and mythology, of love and death, which will bring Russian myth back to life in a stunning new incarnation.
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"Kim de Blecourt is an enthusiastic storyteller for this variation of the Russian folktale "Koschei, the Deathless." When Marya Morevna is taken as Koschei's bride, narrator de Blecourt evokes the emotions of the innocent young woman who is spirited away to the kingdom of Koschei (also known as the Tsar of Life) and is thrown into his struggle with his brother, the Tsar of Death. De Blecourt sounds almost whimsical in delivering Marya's imaginative escape from the communal living conditions imposed by the Communist regime. She makes credible Marya's transformation into a formidable adult who must deal with the siege of Leningrad. De Blecourt also animates other figures of Russian folklore, particularly Baba Yaga, who, in taking on the role of Chairman Yaga, is a comrade to be reckoned with. J.E.M. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"
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