Ivan the Fool: Russian Folk Belief : a Cultural History

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This masterly and extremely readable survey covers folk superstitions and customs, house and nature spirits, pagan gods, Christianization, saints, icons, the Schism, Old Believers, religious sects, and the characters and symbolism in Russian fairy tales that could be called the origin of the Russian psyche.

Andrei Sinyavsky (1925-1997) was also known as Abram Tertz.

About the author (2007)

Andrei Sinyavsky (1925-1997), acclaimed satirical novelist and literary critic, emigrated to France in 1973 after his incarceration in a Soviet labor camp for publishing works in the West under the name Abram Tertz. His best known works include "On Socialist Realism", The Trial Begins, Fantastic Stories, The Makepeace Experiment, A Voice from the Chorus, Strolls with Pushkin, and his autobiographical novel Goodnight!"Sinyavsky has been increasingly recognized both in the West and in Russia as one of the most significant Russian literary figures of the post-Stalin period." - Catharine Theimer Nepomnyashchy

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