Deathless

Deathless Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what giants or wicked witches are to European culture the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations Val

  • Title: Deathless
  • Author: Catherynne M. Valente
  • ISBN: 9780765326317
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Paperback
  • Koschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what giants or wicked witches are to European culture the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations Valente s 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 dKoschei the Deathless is to Russian folklore what giants or wicked witches are to European culture the villain of countless stories which have been passed on through story and text for generations Valente s 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 peasant girl 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, that will bring Russian myth to life in a stunning new incarnation.

    Deathless Catherynne M Valente 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 Revocation Deathless Music This shopping feature will continue to load items In order to navigate out of this carousel please use your heading shortcut key to navigate to the next or previous heading. Koschei In Slavic folklore, Koschei Russian , tr Koshchey, IPA k ej , also Kashchei, Koshey or Kashchey, is an archetypal male antagonist, described mainly as abducting the hero s wife.In Vitali Vitaliev s book Granny Yaga he is described as tall and although in excellent health, extremely, almost inhumanly, thin In book illustrations, cartoons and cinema he has been most The Death of Koschei the Deathless The Death of Koschei the Deathless or Marya Morevna is a Russian fairy tale collected by Alexander Afanasyev in Narodnye russkie skazki and included by Andrew Lang in The Red Fairy Book The character Koschei is an evil immortal man who menaces young women with his magic. The Deathless Devil Dvdrip MB Yilmayan seytan Wacky, unrestrained, and with its own mystifying internal logic that cannot be entirely chalked up to the language barrier, this low budget Turkish exploitation film Mahavatar Hariakhan Babaji Maharaj Deathless Saint of Hariakhan Babaji Maharaj is a yogi living in the Himalayas who is reputed to be thousands of years old He appeared to thousands during the th and th centuries and his stories have been documented by many He is thought to be one of the guardians of the well being of civilization Here are a small collection of his stories and a few early photographs of the great saint. Path of the Deathless Rise of the Tomb Raider Path of the Deathless, interactive Map for Rise of the Tomb Raider with every Collectible, Monoliths, Archivist Maps and Explorer Satchels The Theogony of Hesiod Internet Sacred Text Archive The Theogony of Hesiod translated by Hugh G Evelyn White ll From the Heliconian Muses let us begin to sing, who hold the great and holy mount of Helicon, and dance on soft feet about the deep blue spring and the altar of the almighty son of Cronos, and, when they have washed their tender bodies in Permessus or in the Horse s Spring or Olmeius, make their fair, lovely dances DEMETER MYTHS GENERAL Greek Mythology Demeter was the Olympian goddess of agriculture, grain and bread This page features tales of the goddess from the saga of the gods including the devouring of the children of Cronus, the rape of Persephone and the wanderings and exile of Demeter. goatwhore The Official Website of Goatwhore Purchase Vengeful Ascension here Main

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    1. I name Catherynne Valente an honorary Russian. She has a Russian soul, somehow; otherwise how could she have written this book?! This is a book about love. And life. Death. War. Loss. Hope. Despair. "Life is like that."I grew up with these characters - in so many Russian folk tales, in so many Russian movies. The story is always the same. The evil Koschei the Deathless and Baba-Yaga, the kidnapped Marya Morevna (or Yelena, or Vasilisa), the brave Ivan who rescues her These stories have been told [...]

    2. Deathless is a hauntingly beautiful novel that will stay with you forever!Life is often full of beauty and joy. But life can also be cruel and painful at times. So it is only natural that the Czar of Life embodies both the wonderful and the terrible aspects of life. As a young girl, Marya Morevna captured the attention of the Czar of Life, the entity she's heard referred to in hushed whispers as Koschei the Deathless. And when Marya became a young woman, Koschei in turn captured her heart. After [...]

    3. I AM SO PROUD OF ME FOR READING AN ADULT BOOK!! I'm generally a disagreeable child when it comes to peering outside of YA. I need my crayons and my cupcakes. But Deathless was fantastically magical and intriguing and EVER SO RUSSIAN and I will call myself a fan.Note: I listened to the audio. THE RUSSIAN NAMES WERE BEAUTIFULLY SAID. And the narrator was marvellous. Although I do confess that if I hadn't have listened to the audio I think I would've skimmed a lot. So very glad I did it this way.+ [...]

    4. “Death, keep off, I am your enemy, and you will not deny me.”Deathless is one of those books that consumes you at every moment, where it is in every one of your thoughts, and once you read the last word on the last page you say to yourself . . . I think I just read the best book of my life. I can see the crash from here. The hangover to end all hangovers. That is how powerful this book is. Five stars will never be enough for this story. Deathless is the retelling of the Russian/Slavic folklo [...]

    5. This book is beautifully written but try as I might, I probably couldn't tell you what it's about. It feels like a series of stories, some eerie and some not, twisted up into Russian history where it's hard to tell what's real and what's not. The characters don't even feel like characters, just part of a set and not people that I got to know. But again, the writing is breathtaking and I feel small pieces of this story will stick with me.

    6. I could have sworn I'd reviewed this book. I could have sworn I'd at least added it to my 'read' shelf! Either I'm crazy or ate the review, which is all entirely possible.Either way, I'm sort of glad that I hadn't reviewed this book directly after I'd read it, because the review would have been a very different one. I'd had some time to dwell on the writing, the story and Valente as a writer and have come to some conclusions that I didn't immediately see when I'd first read the book.Conclusion: [...]

    7. Rating: 4.25* of five The Publisher Says: 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 tw [...]

    8. "Her heart was so cold that she could hold ice in her mouth and it would never melt."This is so hard to rate, for this was a stunning and breathtaking novel. Full and rich of a poetic language that leaves you sitting and thinking and forgetting about everything that is around you. It reads like a fairytale. Actually it is the retelling of an old Russian fairytale, but Valente worked a lot of her own magic to make this precious book such a gemstone.And by the way, this cover and the title result [...]

    9. Deathless isthe silence at four a.m.a warm day at the ocean, salt crusting like dried tears on my facea glass vodka kept in the freezer, poured over a compote of cucumber in the middle of summer***********************************************Refreshing, magical, thoughtful, agonizing; Valente has re-written a Russian fairy tale into a complex love story. It begins:“In a city by the sea which was once called St. Petersburg, then Petrograd, then Leningrad, then, much later, St. Petersburg again, [...]

    10. "And how long would she have to wait now for some other scrap of the naked world?"Not an easy book, but a mesmerizing one for sure.RTC

    11. After re-reading:I re-read this novel, not because I liked it but because I wanted to recall the details to be able to point out what I couldn't stand. Funnily enough, this time around the problem of cultural appropriation wasn't as much in the foreground as it was when I read this novel for the first time. I noticed other issues instead, and believe me, there are plenty for the book is not executed well. My main problem with it still was the use of the Russian folklore in a manner I personally [...]

    12. I suppose I should open this review with a disclaimer: this book has a 4.6 star average rating among my friends and a 4.16 rating overall, so clearly I'm an outlier here. Many of the critiques that I've read have focused on cultural appropriation, which is an issue I can't speak to, so on that subject: Katya's review and Liz's review.My problems with the book predominantly lie elsewhere, but there is one aspect about this book as an adaptation that I want to address before moving on. In curiosit [...]

    13. Magic in books often comes in a certain flavour. It has wonder, and awe, and power. It is sometimes threatening, it is sometimes homey, it is sometimes awe-inspiring. I'm not sure I've ever run into magic quite like this before, though. Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook

    14. Breathtaking, quintessential Valente, making what might be a fairy tale into a gorgeously Russian love story between one unlucky girl stuck perpetually in the space of an hour who never got to marry the birds and the God of Life.Of course, it never ends well, because she's conscripted into his eternal battle with Viy, Death, and regrets it, while simultaneously mastering Life in the middle of Leningrad during WWII, which ought to be considered one of the worst moments in human history.Do we love [...]

    15. 4 1/2 starsUndoubtedly this is one of the most brilliant things I’ve read this year. I’m coming to realize that that statement will probably apply to just about every Catherynne Valente I read. One of the major reasons that I didn’t review this upon finishing it was that I just had no idea how I was going to possibly say anything coherent about something so over the top amazing. HOW? How do I explain that this is one of the most seamless, meaningful unions of fantasy and reality that I’v [...]

    16. In Deathless, Catherynne Valente ambitiously takes on the Russian tale of Koschei the Deathless, turning the traditional tale of the wicked bride-stealing Tsar of Life into a modern fable featuring one such bride, Marya Morevna, who learns to match Koschei in deviousness. “The rapt pupil will be forgiven for assuming the Tsar of Death to be wicked and the Tsar of Life to be virtuous. Let the truth be told: There is no virtue anywhere. Life is sly and unscrupulous, a blackguard, wolfish, severe [...]

    17. “Oh, I will be cruel to you, Marya Morevna. It will stop your breath, how cruel I can be. But you understand, don’t you? You are clever enough. I am a demanding creature. I am selfish and cruel and extremely unreasonable. But I am your servant. When you starve I will feed you; when you are sick I will tend you. I crawl at your feet; for before your love, your kisses, I am debased. For you alone I will be weak.”…is that…is that Alarkling!? Unfortunately, it is not. Fortunately, it’s a [...]

    18. If a novelist wrote a true story about how things really happened, no one would believe him, and he might even be punished for spreading propaganda. But if he wrote a book full of lies about things that could never really happen, with only a few true things hidden in it, well, he would be hailed as a hero of the People, given a seat at a writers’ cafe, served wine and ukha, and not have to pay for any of it.Catherynne M. Valente, indeed, has written about things that really happened and hid it [...]

    19. [SAFEWORD!!!!!]Seriously, for most of this book, I wanted it to stop. I reminded myself that you don't need a safeword for reading a novel, if you don't want it to go on, you just close the book, see, easyOnly it isn't easy when it's a magnificently written book and you've already lost your heart a little bit to the protagonist, then you're stuck, chained to the wall being whacked with birch switches…I am reminded that fascism is aesthetic. The folk at the top who have control can only go on b [...]

    20. Thank you to the GR friend who recommended this to me! This was such a different read! so unlike anything I've ever read before and it left me breathless. This is the first book by Catherynne that I've had the pleasure of reading but I hope to read her other ones. It is a "hard" read in that it's unusual and a bit complicated but it's truly beautiful. & as someone who reads a lot of YA, it definitely is on another level. I think you'll greatly enjoy this one if you like folktales, mystical & [...]

    21. You humans, you know, whoever built you sewed irony into your sinews. On the face of it, this seems to be a very simple fairy tale story albeit with astonishingly gorgeous prose. Valante's wordsmithing is art; I think I ended up with over 50 bookmarks. Also, the delicate story within a story within a story is so precise that it could be easy to ignore or miss without the relevant prerequisite knowledge about the history of Russia. This story does not wander, it is cyclical. It embraces a never-e [...]

    22. I chose to read this book because it was one of the oldest on my TBR list and it was available at the library. Not maybe the most compelling reasons to make a selection, and it seems that I haven’t been in the correct mood to appreciate it.Catherynne Valente is an excellent writer. I can’t complain about the writing style, or the vocabulary, or anything like that. The fault is mine—I don’t know enough about Russian folk tales to properly appreciate this retelling. What did I like? The St [...]

    23. “Did everything that had magic have teeth?”“Deathless” is a novel that brought my reading life to a skidding halt. It took me over three weeks to read this text, only because I had no desire to ever pick it up. I am still too young to need a colonoscopy but I thought of scheduling one rather than picking up this novel again. Before you ask the obvious question, I finished it because it was a book club selection and I have read every book since the club’s inception. Got a streak to keep [...]

    24. Deathless is a book that denies easy classification into a genre. At first glance it's a fairytale fantasy. At a second its a historical fiction novel with fantasy elements. At another look it perhaps could be suggested to be a magical realism novel. All in all Deathless was a bizarre, quirky and fascinating novel to read. Deathless, I have been told by a reliable source, is based on Russian mythology and fairytales - their folklore. I heard elsewhere before reading that Valente had embraced Rus [...]

    25. I really hate to give this such a low rating, but the book just left me cold. I had read the first chapter of it on tor and it seemed like it was going to be a really interesting book--I don't know much about Russian mythology and this seemed like an interesting way to test it out. But the rest of the book did not live up to the promise of the first chapter, in tone or characterization. I felt like the first chapter belonged in a completely different story from the rest of the book. I found myse [...]

    26. I'm going to cough this one up to a "It's not you, its me." What did I just read? I honestly have no idea. Some odd attempt at a hades/persephone retelling somehow mixed in tandem with Russian history/folklore (which sounds awesome, right?) I have no idea what to make of what I just read though.The story started off with the appearance of a beautifully written fairytale. It is based off Russian folklore, after all. And then things got weird. And weirder. Let me say this I have no doubt this book [...]

    27. “You will always fall in love, and it will always be like having your throat cut, just that fast.”This is the story of Marya Morevna, who once upon a time in St. Petersburg stands face to face with the Tsar of Life and is swept away to a land of legend, of war, of magic, to become his bride, and later change the scales of battle for good. It is a book where magic, folklore, legend and reality blend together effortlessly to tell a tale of love and sacrifice and all the things that could have [...]

    28. I have very mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I am sure this book was brilliant. On the other hand, brilliance didn't hold my attention very well. I think a major problem is that I didn't know the Russian folktale that this book was based off of, and I spent a good portion of the book feeling like the person at the party who wasn't getting the inside joke. I love fairy and folk tale retellings, but a great portion of my enjoyment of such stories is me seeing how the original tales [...]

    29. I will do a full video review of this book on my YouTube channel very soon, but here are some of my thoughts. This book is a retelling of Russian folk tales and in my opinion, it has everything that you can wish from a retelling. Even though I'm not familiar with every folk tales that were referenced, I still thoroughly enjoyed this story from start till end. This was such an amazing tale about Marya and her fate as a wife to Death himself. I especially loved the beautiful writing and I often fo [...]

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