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I found this on a Vian website:
"Stanley Chapman is the world's foremost translator of Boris Vian. His version of Froth on the Daydream was issued as a Penguin modern classic and can probably still be found second hand."
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There are four tales in this volume: The Firebird, Maria Morevna, Vassilissa the Fair, The Snow Maiden.
The pictures will take your breath away. The stories are charming and well translated (from an older Russian translated into French volume), but you will probably be too taken away by the glorious art to really pay much attention to the not-really-for-small-children fairy tales.
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As weighty as these issues are, they are simply part of the fabric of the wonderful story; there is nothing ponderous or cobbed on, no subtext. Steig's genius lies in his ability to create stories that appeal equally to small children, and to their parents and grandparents -- they ring that true on all levels.
The characters in this little book have become a part of my heart, as has William Steig. Don't miss it.
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I ended up reading this book one chapter at a time before bedtime, and each night I'd go to sleep with a smile.
If you loves dogs, you'll enjoy this book -- which also makes a great gift for the dog-lovers in your life.
Buy it! You will not be disappointed.
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In this Strugatsky book, Maxim Kammerer is a 19-year-old explorer from a 23rd century idealic Earth who finds himself on a planet with quasi-20th century technology, but no democracy of freedom. Imagine a planet Earth in which only Nazi Germany, Soviet Union, and Communist China exist. That's where he lands.
This book is kind of an Aesop's fable in that the author's criticize their government without mentioning it by name, or, better yet, by making it look like they're criticizing other governments.
Good adventure, solid writing and characters, and an altogether interesting sci-fi story. The translation is kind of weak. This is the first book of the Progressor series, in which humans try to accelerate alien societies through their trial and tribulation times, into the utopian society humans have developed.
-- JJ Timmins