Folktales of Hungary. Translated by Judit Halász. Foreword by Richard M. Dorson.
Second Impression. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 1969. 13 x 20.5cm. (46), 381 pages. Original softcover. Some signs of external wear including some paper loss to spine, creasing to front jacket, bumping to edges. Previous owner’s name on half-title page and some minor text annotations. [Folktales of the World, No. 6, Editor: R.M. Dorson].
Hungary today is a country of strange contrasts, with modern cities set alongside peasant settlements. Tales of wonder and the supernatural are told in the villages according to an age-old tradition. A sampling of these are gathered in this volume in the Folktales of the World series. Here are legends of the fifteenth-century national hero, King Matyás, and of the taltós, a peasant folk hero endowed with amazing powers. Here also is the wandering scholar or garabonciás, who reads from a magic book and can destroy harvest. Included with the tales is a brief anthology of comments on the narrators, with special attention given to the storytelling gifts of itinerant tradesmen, soldiers, fishermen, and agricultural workers. [From jacket notes]