By Bela Balázs, Mariette Lydis, Jack Zipes

A guy is modified right into a flea and needs to deliver his destiny mom and dad jointly to be able to develop into human back. a lady convinces a river god to treatment her unwell son, however the therapy has combined effects. a tender guy needs to opt for no matter if to be just about his wife's soul or physique. And deaf mutes go beyond their actual lifestyles within the backyard of goals. unusual and fantastical, those fairy stories of Béla Balázs (1884-1949), Hungarian author, movie critic, and well-known librettist of Bluebeard's Castle, mirror his profound curiosity in friendship, alienation, and Taoist philosophy. Translated and brought via Jack Zipes, one of many world's top experts on fairy stories, The Cloak of Dreams brings jointly 16 of Balázs's specified and haunting stories.

Written in 1921, those fairy stories have been initially released with twenty pictures drawn within the chinese language kind by way of painter Mariette Lydis, and this re-creation features a choice of Lydis's incredible illustrations. jointly, the stories and images intensify the motifs and issues that run all through Balázs's paintings: wandering protagonists, mysterious woods and mountains, solitude, and magical transformation. His fairy stories convey our private wants and the wish that, even in the middle of tragedy, we will be able to go beyond our problems and forge our personal destinies.

strange, wondrous fairy stories that learn the world's cruelties and twists of destiny, The Cloak of Dreams will entertain, startle, and intrigue.

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Now famous as a film theorist and screenplay writer, he hoped that he would become the director of a film institute or receive a professorship at the university. However, in part due to the animosity of Lukács, who played a major role in the cultural politics of postwar Hungary, Balázs was offered only a minor position as a lecturer at the newly founded film institute. Many other Hungarian communists suspected Balázs of betraying those Hungarian communists executed in Moscow and kept their distance from him.

Lydis is said to have had a close relationship with the aviator Amelia Earhart about this time.

His rendition tended to sharpen the politically didactic message of the novel and provide a livelier dramatic plot. Balázs’s work on this fairy-tale play revealed to what extent he had become politicized by 1929 and how much he wanted to demonstrate his dedication to communism. His fairy tales had generally been much more philosophical and mystical than the play, and though they explored the need to overcome alienation, solitude, and oppression, they usually ended on a tragic or nostalgic note.

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