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Malahitovaja shkatulka , also known as " The Malachite Box ",  is a folk tale the so-called skaz of the Ural region collected and reworked by Pavel Bazhov. It was first published in the several issues of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Na Smenu! It was later released as a part of The Malachite Casket collection. This skaz was first published in the several issues of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Na Smenu!
Tjatino podarenje , but the title was changed prior to publication. The talented miner Stepan dies, leaving his widow Nastasya Nastyona and their two sons and a daughter. Nastasya becomes the owner of the Malachite Casket , filled with jewellery, which Stepan got from the legendary Mistress of the Copper Mountain.
Only Tanyushka likes to play with the Casket, and every piece of jewellery looks good on her. With black hair and green eyes, Tanyushka does not look like her mother at all, as if she was born to different parents. Her appearance resembles that of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain. A female vagabond comes to their house and stays for a while, teaching Tanyushka silk embroidering. Nastasya is not happy with the arrangement, because she feels that Tanyushka "doesn't want to come to her own mother, but hugs a tramp ".
One day, when the woman is alone with Tanyushka, the girl shows her the jewellery from the Malachite Casket, and in return the woman shows her a vision of a beautiful room decorated with malachite. She explains that the Malachite Room of the Tsar's palace is decorated with the malachite that Stepan mined. Next day the mysterious woman leaves Nastasya's house. Before she leaves, she presents the girl with a small button for a "remembrance".
Meanwhile Tanyushka grows up. She becomes an incredibly skilled needleworker and a great beauty, but keeps to herself and avoids other girls' company. People start calling her "a stone statue". Nastasya blames this behaviour on the vagabond "sorceress". One day a tragedy occurs in the family: the house is burned to the ground. Nastasya has to sell the Malachite Casket. A lot of merchants are interested in the jewellery.
At the same time, a new bailiff arrives at the factory. Parotya because he always orders flagellation as a form of punishment. The bailiff is married to the mistress of the local landlord's son, and this rich woman eventually buys the Casket. However she cannot wear the jewellery because every piece of it pains her.
She asks various craftsmen to fix it for her, but all of them refuse to touch the gemstones, explaining that none of the masters is willing to quarrel with their maker and they were made to fit one person only. Flogger's wife gives up and decides to resell the Casket at earliest convenience.
When the old landlord dies, his son wants his mistress back. Flogger is angry at first, but when he hears of Tanyushka's beauty and comes to see her, he is smitten. He tries to court the girl, but Tanyushka is very cold with him. The landlord's son, the noble man named Turchaninov, finally comes for Flogger's wife. When Tanyushka catches his eye, he forgets about his mistress. He buys the Casket from her and offers it to Tanyushka, but she refuses.
Turchaninov then claims that he wishes to marry the girl. She announces that she will only agree to the marriage if he shows her the Tsarina herself at the Malachite Room in Saint Petersburg. Turchaninov agrees. Dressed like a queen, Tanyushka arrives at the Palace , and walks directly to the Malachite Room.
Tsarina enters the room, saying: "Now then, show me this nigh-handed maid". Upon hearing that Tanyushka frowns and says to Turchaninov: "What does this mean?
I told ye to show me the Tsarina, and you've done it so as to show me to her. She is never seen again, but the Mistress of the Copper Mountain gets a twin—people see two maids in malachite robes. Most scholars agree that Tanyushka—literally or metaphorically—is the daughter of the Mistress of the Copper Mountain. Yelena Prikazchikova commented that Tanyushka is a typical changeling , the child of the mountain spirit and the mortal. Her mother Nastasya is an ordinary person, while the girl can appreciate the magic of the Mistress's gift.
On Tanyushka's melting away into the malachite wall, Yelena Prikazchikova said that petrifaction in fiction would normally mean death, but Tanyushka is the Mistress's double, so such act was like coming home for her. The magical malachite was used for simple human needs, to decorate the imperial chambers, which displeases the Mistress on principle.
Therefore she tries in every possible way to demonstrate her power over it and makes the noble women cower before Tanyushka. Denis Zherdev commented that the Mistress of the Copper Mountain's female domain is the world of chaos.
It collides with the ordered factory world, and brings in randomness, variability, unpredictability and capriciousness. Tanyushka are never completely "normal". Marina Balina mentioned Freud 's interpretation of the motif of a double as a symbolic manifestation of death. Similar plot device can be found in "Two Lizards". During Soviet times, every edition of The Malachite Box was usually prefaced by an essay commenting on the creativity of the Ural miners, cruel landlords, social oppression and the "great workers unbroken by the centuries of slavery".
The film The Malachite Casket was a part of the animated film series made at Sverdlovsk Film Studio   from the early s to early s, on time for the th anniversary since the birth of Pavel Bazhov.
The Malachite Casket is a stop motion animated film directed by Oleg Nikolaevsky , with screenplay by Alexander Timofeevsky. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. In the party spirit: socialist realism and literary practice in the Soviet Union, East Germany and China.
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The Malachite Casket (fairy tale)
The "Malachite Casket" is a delightful series of interlinking stories written by Pavel Bazhov These have served as the theme for cultural groups —Sergei Prokofiev was inspired by these for his ballet "The Flower of Stone"— and the themes for operas, symphonies and films have originated here. These stories are told to a young boy by a watchman, who lived on top of a mountain in the Ural Mountain region of Russia. The tales are darker and deeper than most Russian tales, exploring and expressing realistic social relations and internal struggles. There is not a single person in Russia who has not heard of "The Malachite Box" by Pavel Bazhov, who learned the unwritten history of The Urals while working as a boy in the old mines.
Malachite Casket: Tales From the Urals
Tanyusha is the most beautiful girl in the village, but her beauty is mysterious and sinister, like the precious stones in the malachite casket she received from her father, who vanished without a trace in the mines while searching for the Mistress of the Copper Mountain, according to rumour. During the last century, the magical stories about the powerful Mistress of the Copper Mountain and the prospector-stonemasons of the Urals provided rich material for filmmakers Alexander Ptushko and composers Sergei Prokofiev and Kirill Molchanov , but in recent years, interest in them has waned. Director Olga Enns and Set Designer Galya Solodovnikova have staged "a frightening fairy-tale for family viewing", creating an exciting atmosphere on the border between two worlds: the everyday and the fantastic. Sign up.
Malachite Casket : Tales from the Urals
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Malahitovaja shkatulka , also known as " The Malachite Box ",  is a folk tale the so-called skaz of the Ural region collected and reworked by Pavel Bazhov. It was first published in the several issues of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Na Smenu! It was later released as a part of The Malachite Casket collection. This skaz was first published in the several issues of the Sverdlovsk newspaper Na Smenu! Tjatino podarenje , but the title was changed prior to publication.