He preferred to start with the stories about gold and gold prospectors, because the believed this legends to be of more ancient origin. Studies show that in many cases Pavel Bazhov used popular beliefs and molded them into his own original mythology. He believed that the stories about the Gumyoshevsky mine were the closest to the original folklore. He said: "In my opinion, they represent the attempt to reconstruct the folklore of this mine".
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Early life[ edit ] Bazhov was born in Sysert , a city in the Urals. His family, like most in factory towns, struggled to make ends meet and had virtually no political power in Czarist Russia.
From these beginnings, Bazhov found a calling in public service. Between and he studied in a religious school in Yekaterinburg. He took part in many protests, the most famous one resulting in him receiving a note of political disloyalty from his reactionary teacher on his certificate. The city made a huge impression on him, and he would return to live there many years later.
Mamin previously studied. He dreamt of attending Tomsk Seminary University, but was rejected. Instead, he worked temporarily as a Russian language teacher, first in Yekaterinburg , then later in Kamyshlov. During this time he met and married Valentina Ivanitsky, a graduate from the Diocesan School.
She was his muse for many of his poems about love and happiness. He was a member of the Socialist-Revolutionary Party until In , he joined the Bolshevik Party , volunteered for the Red Army , and was deployed into military actions in the Ural frontline. In the autumn of , Bazhov moved to Semipalatinsk and was elected a member of the Party Committee of that province. He was instructed to lead the provincial council of trade unions, but often served assignments that went beyond his office.
From to he lived in Yekaterinburg and worked in the editorial board of the Krestianskaya Peasants Newspaper, as well as contributing his essays on old factory life conditions and the civil war throughout In that year, Bazhov published his first book, Urals Tales Уральские были on the images of life in the Urals during the s.
It was also during this period that he wrote over forty tales on themes of Ural factory folklore that contributed to his collection, The Malachite Box. Later on Bazhov supplemented the book with new tales. Bazhov had every reason to speak with pride about his activities between and Kuhn named Bazhov in the report on the 60th anniversary of the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic and the Communist Party of Kazakhstan among those wonderful people, "who in the years of revolution and civil war, with a rifle, a plow, or a book, claimed a life on the Kazakh space, with high international quality, resilience, courage and heroism".
During the Second World War Bazhov worked with both Yekaterinburg writers and those already evacuated from different corners of the Soviet Union. After the war his eyesight started weakening dramatically, but he went on his editing work, as well as collecting and creatively adapting local folklore. In he was elected to the Supreme Soviet. Bazhov died in in Moscow and was laid to rest in his home, Yekaterinburg. Legacy[ edit ] Commemorative coin featuring Bazhov.
Skazy uralskikh gor about the work of Bazhov. A remembrance documentary film Russian: Павел Петрович Бажов. Фильм-воспоминание, Pavel Petrovich Bazhov. Film-vospominanie was made in by the same studio. It was directed by Liya Kozyreva.
Malachite Casket: Tales from the Urals
Publication[ edit ] 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. 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.