On the Banks of the Yaryn

A Demonological Novel

by Valentina Brougher (Author)
©2004 Monographs XXVIII, 226 Pages


On the Banks of the Yaryn by Aleksandr Kondratiev was published in Berlin in 1930, but only appeared in Russia in 1993 as the country reclaimed some of its forgotten talents. This remarkable novel represents one of the finest examples of the interest in Slavic folklore that profoundly influenced Russian literature in the first decades of the twentieth century. Kondratiev’s work brings to life popular demonic spirits of water, field, and forest by portraying their physical environment, emotional life, and interaction with the human world. The novel also depicts the life of magic healers, sorceresses, and witches who live among village folk but engage in practices that make them part of the dark world. The inclusion of pagan gods, folk beliefs and narratives, magical rituals, celebrations, and holidays that reflect pre-Christian and Christian traditions enhances the folkloric richness of Kondratiev’s highly engaging narrative.


ISBN (Hardcover)
Russian fiction in translation demonology and witchcraft folk beliefs pagan and christian beliefs and traditions Aleksandr Konsratiev life and art 20th century Russian novel russian /ukrainian folklore
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. XXVIII, 226 pp., 2 ill.

Biographical notes

Valentina Brougher (Author)

The Translator: Valentina G. Brougher is Professor of Russian Language and Literature at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. She received her Ph.D. in Slavic languages and literatures from the University of Kansas. In addition to numerous articles on Vsevolod Ivanov as well as on Russian literature of the 1980s and 1990s, she is co-translator of an anthology of Vsevolod Ivanov’s prose, Fertility and Other Stories.


Title: On the Banks of the Yaryn