Fairy Tale Mood

art, fashion and words that evoke a fairy tale mood
when you want to escape to Wonderland for a while

curated by Sarah Cross
author of the fairy tale retellings Kill Me Softly
(available now) and Tear You Apart (January 2015)

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Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, a retelling of “Koschei the Deathless”






Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore  what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil  figure; the villain of countless stories which 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.

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, a retelling of “Koschei the Deathless”

Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what devils or wicked witches are to European culture: a menacing, evil figure; the villain of countless stories which 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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