Manfred Kyber was a Latvian writer of pretty much everything. He studied philosophy but throughout his treasured career wrote one novel,
short stories, polemically charged non fiction and lyrical poetry.
He is well knows for his fairy tales and fables and this new collection which I have got my greedy hand on is a delight.
The trouble with fairy tales and fables is they are often merely adapted from older, original fables from centuries ago…think 4th century Chinese Cinderella! Yet Kyber’s tales are highly original and exude his feelings on man’s disengagement with the natural world.
Like all fairy tales, Kyber’s work contain compelling morals within the obscure wildlife of his tales.
This is a truly wonderful addition to anyones collection of fairy tales. As a hardback, it would be wonderful as a gift book. The illustrations really live up to the quality of Kyber’s work and retain the classic late 19th/early 20th century sense of his work.
This new edition is collected by Barbara Fairall. She is rather proud of her translations and so she should be.
The book is available to order from all good book stores and online. RRP is £15.99