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Hungary today is a country of strange contrasts, with modern cities set alongside peasant settlements. Tales of wonder and the supernatural are told in the villages according to an age-old tradition. A sampling of these are gathered in this volume in the FOLKTALES OF THE WORLD series. Here are legends of the fifteenth-century national hero, King Matys, and of the talts, a peasant folk hero endowed with amazing powers. Here also is the wandering scholar or garaboncis, who reads from a magic book and can destroy harvest. Included with the tales is a brief anthology of comments on the narrators, with special attention given to the storytelling gifts of itinerant tradesmen, soldiers, fishermen, and agricultural workers.