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Cette semaine, nous vous proposons «After the Firebird» par Ekaterina Vasilyeva
The book is the result of a 7-year project in Pskov region (Russia). »After the Firebird » talks about the mystery and magic of the hidden world and the amazing discoveries that can occur in front of everybody. You need only to look around carefully.
Introduction by Ekaterina Vasilyeva :
My story begins a long time ago when my grandparents,
both from the Pskov region (Russia), met in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg),
got married and stayed there for the rest of their lives.
Yet it could have turned out very differently, had I, now a modern
city dweller, been born among those flowering fields and hard-working
people. In his village, my
grandfather used to be called a gypsy because he could predict the
approaching of someone’s death. As for his own life, he always knew that he
would survive two wars without injury. And so it happened. My
grandmother, he said, would outlive him by exactly ten years. This
prediction also came true.
Over the last six years that I have been documenting people from the
small village of Andrushino in the Pskov region, I have been subconsciously
looking for covert and overt manifestations of magic, for occurrences
that unsettle the rational picture of the world most of us take for
granted today. Immersed in the fabulous world of folklore, I realized
that local people’s beliefs and superstitions, charms and rituals,
tales and fables are not just a warehouse of archetypes of the
collective unconscious, but an immediate response of the collective
soul to the mysterious currents of the natural elements.