Item description for Lao Folktales by Steven Jay Epstein...
Here in one slim volume is a selection of the best-known and best-loved Lao folktales that have entertained the Lao people for generations. We meet the legendary trickster Xieng Mieng who matches his wits with merchants, monks, and kings. We find a quick-witted toad that terrifies tigers, a turtle that flies, a cadre of snails that race a rabbit, and a mynah bird that speaks five languages fluently.
The reader may recognize a whisper of Aesop or a Jataka tale, but each story is distinctively Lao, retold with Lao humor and charm reflecting a Buddhist culture in a Marxist state. Works by Anoulom Souvandouane, the foremost illustrator in Laos, enliven the stories.
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Studio: Silkworm Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Jan 30, 2006
Publisher Silkworm Books
ISBN 9749575873 ISBN13 9789749575871
Availability 0 units.
More About Steven Jay Epstein
Steven Epstein lived in Laos from 1990 to 1997. He worked for the Swedish government setting up English training programs in different ministries.