February 2011 - Contes et Légendes d'Alsace, by Roger Maudhuy

They have been the stuff of dreams for generations of Alsatians and continue to feed the imagination. "They" are the legends of Alsace, the subject of a number of publications in recent months(*). Among these publications, Contes et Légendes d'Alsace, published by Éditions Place Stanislas, is a benchmark, thanks to the lengthy process of its production (more than thirty years of investigation) which has enabled Roger Maudhuy, an important specialist on the subject, to bring them all together in a volume of some 330 pages.

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Embellished by the works of a number of famous illustrators (including Spindler and Hansi), this book takes us on a voyage of discovery, to find what is hidden by the Rhine (L'abbaye Engloutie, Les Chats Noirs de Sierentz) and to visit the castles of Alsace (Les Deux Frères de Lichtenberg, La Dame Blanche du Haut-Koenigsbourg). To those who choose to doubt that it might be possible to come across dwarves at the Champ du Feu or the devil at the Etang du Devin, this will just be a book of stories. A bedside-table book to read in the evening before falling asleep, before dreaming...

Contes et Légendes d'Alsace,by Roger Maudhuy. Available at the BNU; pressmark M.149.460

(*) Further reading:

Contes d'Alsace, selected by Françoise Rachmuhl, published by Milan, 2009
Available at the BNU; pressmark: M.149.472
Légendes d'Alsace by Auguste Stoeber, re-published by Ouest-France, 2010
Available at the BNU; pressmark: M.149.558
Contes et légendes d'Alsace by Patricia Gaillard, published by Sayat, 2010
On order; available soon at the BNU
Les plus beaux contes d'Alsace by Sylvie de Mathuisieulx, published by Le Verger Editeur, 2010
On order; available soon at the BNU
Astride la cigogne raconte quelques légendes d'Alsace by Eugène Santangelo, published by I.D. Editions
On order; available soon at the BNU

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