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Handsome Yeva by Stanislaw Sielicki

Handsome Yeva

by Stanislaw Sielicki

Giveaway ends December 28, 2016.

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“Saxo Grammaticus on Slavic Pre-Christian Religion: The Relevant Fragments from Book XIV of Gesta Danorum” is in paperback now on Amazon.

 

 

 


Kirkus Reviews on Handsome Yeva:

“The world of this story has a fun, Tolkien-like density to it, as it features various gods, nations, shape-shifters, and talking beasts. As in many ancient myths (or pastiches of them), much is included, little is explained, and lists of minor people and places pop up every now and again:
“–Look,–Fawa said to Yeva, guiding him through the Noble Oak Groves of Leshies, the Enchanted Swamps of Navi, the Aspen Highlands of Beregini, the Pine Dunes of Rusali, the Starry Steppes of Pyleviks, the Labyrinth Jungles of Gandharva, the Dreaming Deserts of Hala, and the Icy Barrens of Vilas.”

The story is relatively short, and it will be enjoyable enough for mythology fans. It’s disappointing, though, that Sielicki never explains his methodology for creating this world; readers never know what’s source material, what’s borrowed, and what’s merely invented.
An entertaining fantasy presented as an ancient Indo-European Ur-myth.” — Kirkus Reviews

Saxo Grammaticus on pre-Christian religion of the Slavs: The relevant fragments from book XIV of Gesta Danorum (epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt, html)

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Short annotation:
Among the literary sources on pre-Christian religion and mythology of the Slavs, accounts of Saxo Grammaticus are specially characterized by the detailed and rigorous descriptions and the minimal use of the ideologically motivated narrative instruments. The following translation is intended to make Saxo Grammaticus’ texts more accessible for a wider circle of readers, both specialists and not.

Long Annotation:
Among the literary sources on pre-Christian religion and mythology of the Slavs, predominantly highly fragmented and biased, the Western, German-Danish, Latin texts distinguish themselves, compared to the Arab and Old Rus’ sources, by their relative scrupulousness and a less obvious agenda. Even on the backdrop of the other Western sources, accounts of Saxo Grammaticus are specially characterized by the detailed and rigorous descriptions and the minimal use of the ideologically motivated narrative instruments. Unfortunately, the English translation of book XIV done by Erik Christiansen is highly difficult to access, while Oliver Elton’s translation of a number of fragments in books I-IX describing the same pre-Christian religion, lack the desired level of accuracy and detail of the cult description. The following translation, with all its imperfections, still, is intended to make Saxo Grammaticus’ texts more accessible for a wider circle of readers, both specialists and not, present frequently overlooked fragments, and correct some of the errors traditionally creeping from one of the Saxo’s account overview to another. The translation is accompanied by the Latin original, and an attempt was made to preserve the original structure of the text in English translation as much as possible without impeding its semantics and the ease of understanding. Another goal of this translation is to give a second possible reading to vague fragments, compared to existing translations, without penalizing the accuracy.

Handsome Yeva: An Attempt to Synthesize and Reconstruct Some Prominent Themes of the Proto-Indo-European Myth in Context of the Slavic Jarilo Folklore Cycle (epub, mobi, pdf, rtf, lrf, pdb, txt, html)

“Handsome Yeva” on Amazon
“Handsome Yeva” on Google Play
“Handsome Yeva” on iTunes

Short annotation
A synthesis and reconstruction of some prominent themes of the Proto-Indo-European myth is presented in context of the Slavic-Jarilo folklore cycle. A contemporary, fantasy style is chosen for the literary form of this reconstruction.

Long annotation
In this offered reconstruction of the Slavic myth about Jarilo and Marzanna, a comparative method is used, where lost fragments of one ethnic myth are reconstructed with the use of similar myths that were preserved, relating to Indo-European ethnic mythological traditions. Greco-Roman, Iranian, Indian Vedic, Celtic, Germanic mythical narratives, viewed in context of the common, original Proto-Indo-European tradition, allow us to look at this well-known, but highly fragmented myth from a new, more integral prospective.

Contents
Great Night, Holy Night…
Strange were the growing Mara and Yeva…
Drip…Drip…Darkness…
Mara sat without a single movement…
Mara and Merega the Giant Eagle were standing on a narrow cliff…
The long, long days, months, and years of Yeva’s studies…
Ruma met Saena and Yeva near the Gates of the newly built City…
Yeva, one day said Saena the Giant Wolf…
Dash did Yeva directly toward the Village of Falling Stars…
Inga and Yeva were lying on a Hill …
Dar Svet was returning to the Town of Falling Stars…
Roaring Spurts of Fires, Whirling Clouds of Steam…
Begin to yellow did the leaves in Gardens and Parks…
When news about Mara’s and Yeva’s disappearance…
Go away did the silver light in Mara’s eyes…
Fall on his knees did Dar Svet…
Standing and holding hands near the Gates…
Become deserted did the City of Falling Stars…

The Double-Edged Sword of Freedom of Speech
The author argues that not only Ancient philosophers and political thinkers of the Age of Enlightenment saw the guiding and prominent role of educated elites and their censorship of thoughts and mores of the rest as an important factor in preserving Liberty in society. Such an argument was also an essential part of the Founding Fathers’ reasoning. The resulting “Aristocratic Constitution” (in terms of Anti-Federalists) was meant to limit imprudence of the general populace, in particular that which was influenced by the autocratic, Bible-centered political ideology of the Puritan, Calvinist sects.

When the paternalistic social model of the Founders was over-throned during the Civil War, which was effectively a coup d’état of the Big Capital supported by Puritans who saw commonalities between their self-reliance doctrine and the new unrestricted predatory capitalism ideology, original mechanisms of the Founders’ Constitution had begun to work against Liberty.

The firm hold on the power by the union of the Big Capital and Evangelicals was briefly and indecisively interrupted by the Progressivist ideas of the New Deal, but now it is precipitously strengthening again. In such conditions the unrestricted Freedom of Speech and Expressions, guarded not exclusively from the infringements of the Government, but also from the Special Interest Groups and individuals, is the only way to save our deteriorating Liberty.

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