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King Solomon and the Golden Fish Tales from the Sephardic Tradition by Matilda Koen-Sarano

King Solomon and the Golden Fish Tales from the Sephardic Tradition

Part of the Raphael Patai Series in Jewish Folklore and Anthropology Series


King Solomon and the Golden Fish Tales from the Sephardic Tradition by Matilda Koen-Sarano

Orality has been central to the transmission of Sephardic customs, wisdom, and values for centuries. Throughout the Middle Ages, Spanish Jews were known for their linguistic skills, and as translators and storytellers they were the main transmitters of Eastern/Islamic culture to the Christian world. Derived from a distinguished heritage, Judeo-Spanish storytelling has evolved over five hundred years through constant contact with the surrounding societies of the past and with modern Israeli influences, making it more universal than other Sephardic oral genres. Told in order to entertain but also to teach, Judeo-Spanish folktales convey timeless wisdom and a colorful depiction of Sephardic communities up to the first half of the twentieth century. King Solomon and the Golden Fish is a selection of fifty-four folktales taken from Matilda Koen-Sarano's collection of stories recorded in Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) and translated by Reginetta Haboucha into fluent and idiomatic English that preserves the flavor and oral nuances of each text. Haboucha provides commentary and annotations to the folktales that enlighten both the academic and the lay reader, making this book at once appealing to s

About the Author

Matilda Ko?n-Sarano is a writer, scholar, poet, and storyteller living in Jerusalem. Reginetta Haboucha, Ph.D., is Dean of Liberal Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She is the author of Types and Motifs of the Judeo-Spanish Folklore.

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Publication date

31st July 2004


Matilda Koen-Sarano

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Wayne State University Press


426 pages


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