The narrow cage and other modern fairy tales / Vasily Eroshenko ; translated by Adam Kuplowsky ; foreword by Jack Zipes.

Eroshenko, Vasiliĭ, 1890-1952 [Browse]
New York : Columbia University Press, [2023]
xlvii, 252 pages ; 22 cm.


Writer of foreword
Library of Congress genre(s)
Summary note
"Born in the ethnically Ukrainian village of Obukhovka (then part of the Russian Empire) in 1890, Eroshenko was blinded at the age of four by measles. After receiving an education at the Moscow School for the Blind and the Royal Normal College for the Blind, in London, where he studied Esperanto and music, Eroshenko travelled to Japan, China, Myanmar, and India, working at times as a musician, writer, teacher, and masseur. In Japan, he befriended a variety of left-wing artistic figures and activists, who taught him Japanese and encouraged him to write fairy tales. Although Eroshenko was expelled from Japan in 1921 for his anarchist and socialist connections, his tales attracted the attention of Chinese modernist Lu Xun, who famously translated them and welcomed the young author to his home in Beijing. This volume consists of 18 fairytales written in Japan and China and brief appendix with some semi-autobiographical pieces. Eroshenko's work should enter the public domain in 2022"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references
Includes bibliographical references.
Language note
Translated from Japanese and Esperanto.
  • Part I. Japanese Tales (1915-1921)
  • The Tale of the Paper Lantern
  • The Sad Little Fish
  • The Scholar's Head
  • By a Pond
  • An Eagle's Heart
  • Little Pine
  • A Spring Night's Dream
  • The Martyr
  • The Death of the Canary
  • The Mad Cat
  • For the Sake of Mankind
  • Two Little Deaths
  • The Narrow Cage
  • Part II. Chinese Tales (1921-1923)
  • From Tales of a Withered Leaf
  • The Tragedy of the Chick
  • Father Time
  • The Red Flower
  • Appendix
  • Easter
  • Some Pages from My School Days
  • My Expulsion from Japan
  • Chukchi Pastoral
  • Chukchi Elegy.
  • 9780231207683 (hardcover)
  • 0231207689 (hardcover)
  • 9780231207690 (paperback)
  • 0231207697 (paperback)
Statement on language in description
Princeton University Library aims to describe library materials in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections we manage. Read more...
Other views
Staff view

Supplementary Information