Legends of Palestine, Vilnay, 1932

Continuing the series of contents from the various works of folklore about and from Palestine, here is the lengthy contents of Legends of Palestine, by geographer Zev Vilnay. His preoccupation with geography is, I think, obvious from his arrangement and selection of tales: The Center of the World The Stone of FoundationThe Stone of ParadiseThe…

Tales Told in Palestine, 1904

You can download Tales Told in Palestine by J.E. Hanauer in several formats (including pdf, mobi, epub, and plain text) from the Internet Archive Open Library link here. The following is a list of the tales included in the volume along with categorizations: Anecdotes More or Less Historical The Lions of Saint Stephen's GateAt the…

News and Illustration Concept Art

A quick update on the project: most of my time has been devoted to trying out concepts for the illustrations. There are so many styles that I would like to try but I need the right fit for the work. Some of the sources do have illustrations, but I don't want to imitate their style,…

Legends of Palestine, 1932

Let's talk a little about Legends of Palestine, by Zev Vilnay. This isn't a review, per se since the work is out of print. It can still be found relatively cheaply from second-hand booksellers. Mine cost approximately $5.00 CND. It is an English translation of his earlier Hebrew work Agadot Erez Yisrael from 1929. In…

First Impressions and Inquiring Minds

For the first time, I've rounded up all of my books of Palestinian folktales in one place. It's quite an experience. I have longed for just one such book for most of my life. I remember walking through the stacks in university libraries looking for just one and being disappointed every time. Now I own seven…

Magic happens sometimes.

I did not expect to have something to say so soon, but today has surprised me... A few days ago, when I was asking if there was interest in me blogging about this project, I reflected on one of my favourite childhood books which fixed in my mind this desire to have a book of…

There was… and there was not…

The traditional beginning of a Palestinian tale "kan ya ma kan" ("there was and there was not") is apt for this, the first post of my writing blog. It's perfect, because, well... it's here! You're reading it right now! But it's also... not; it is about to be. What it will become, only time can…