The Fables of Ivan Krylov by Ivan KrylovThe Fables of Ivan Krylov by Ivan Krylov

The Fables of Ivan Krylov

byIvan Krylov

Paperback | August 1, 2017

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Ivan Krylov has been loved by Russian people for two hundred years for his Fables, works in which he gently satirizes the manifold weaknesses and failings of human beings, especially figures of authority, while at the same time praising and holding up for emulation the qualities in ordinary people of selflessness, industry, loyalty, love, friendship, perseverance.?Solid, earthy common sense and a long acquaintance with the ways of the world lie at the root of Krylov's observations. Some of the Fables are no more than humorous glimpses of life and human nature, or snapshots of the bizarre preoccupations of fantasists, eccentrics, idealists and dreamers. Others offer wry, sardonic glimpses of life, and human relationships and behaviour. Yet others offer wise advice on the conduct of life, or are "cautionary tales": warnings about the consequences of ill-considered behaviour.
Title:The Fables of Ivan KrylovFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.75 × 5.25 × 0.75 inPublished:August 1, 2017Publisher:Dedalus LimitedLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1910213519

ISBN - 13:9781910213513


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1.The Hare on the HuntA big crowd of animals?Got together and caught a bear:?They felled him on the open field -?And were deciding among themselves?Who was to receive what in reward.?A Hare came forward and tugged at the bear's ear.?"Well, well, you, slant-eyed creature,"?They shouted at him. "Where did you come from??No one saw you on the hunt."?"Look, brothers," the Hare replied.?"Who do you think frightened the beast out of the woods,?And drove it straight to you on the field, if not I?"?Although such boasting was too transparent,?Still, it seemed so amusing?That a tuft of the bear's ear was given to the Hare.?-------------------Though they laugh at a braggart?He often receives his share of the spoils.2.The PigA Pig once intruded into a manor-house yard,?Loitered around the stables and kitchen,?Rolled about in the rubbish and the manure,?Wallowed up to the ears in the mud:?And, after visiting?Went home as dirty as a pig.?"So then, Havronya, what did you see there?"?A shepherd asked the Pig.?"You know, the rumour goes,?That rich people have nothing but jewellery and pearls.?So is one thing really richer than another in the house?"?Havronya grunted: "Well, really, that is nonsense.?I noticed no riches:?It was all just manure and rubbish;?And so, not sparing my snout,?I dug up there?All the back yard."3.The Wolf and the FoxA Fox, having eaten chickens to her fill,?And stored away a nice little pile in reserve,?Lay down under a haystack for an evening nap.?She saw a hungry Wolf come plodding along to visit.?"What bad luck, neighbour!' he said.?"I have been unable anywhere to find even a bone;?I am so worn out with hunger.?The dogs are vicious, and the shepherd doesn't sleep.?The only thing to do is to hang myself!"?"Really?" - "Yes, it's true." - "My poor friend!?Would you like to eat some hay? Here is a whole stack;?I am willing to do my friend a service."?However, it was not hay her friend wanted - but meat.?Yet about the store the Fox said not a word.?And my grey marauder,?Having been shown such great kindness by his friend,?Went home hungry.

Editorial Reviews

"The Fables have become classics." -- Dimitri Obolensky: The Penguin Book of Russian Verse