New Book Collects Retellings of Ancient Serbian Folk Tales

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Ana Letic’s “Once Upon a Time…” brings old stories to modern audiences

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Human struggle to survive is eternal,” Letic says, “whether it happened in the path, is happening now or will happen.

The most enduring stories are those we learn as children, and those are often fairy tales. In her new bookOnce Upon a Time...” (published by Trafford Publishing), author Ana Letic mines the rich history of Serbia to retell a number of stories.

The stories in “Once Upon a Time…” represent the heritage of an ageless nation. “These stories transcend the time, age and gender,” Letic says, “delivering the messages that stir, energize and inspire the human mind and spirit.”

An excerpt from “Once Upon a Time…”:

“Now the Czar was bewildered by the courage and resourcefulness of the girl, but he had to respond and to show that he was not outdone. He devised another plan.
‘Take this small glass to your daughter and ask her to empty part of the sea in it and create a field.’
The old man, numb with pain and despair, told his daughter what the Czar expected her to do. The daughter started to enjoy the game, finding the flaws in the Czar’s plan in order to outwit him. In the morning she gave a pail of mortar to her father and said:
‘Take this to Czar and ask him if he plugs all the springs and rivers with this mortar I am going to drain the sea in small glass and create a field.’”

The appeal of such stories remains ageless, regardless of when they were first conceived. “Human struggle to survive is eternal,” Letic says, “whether it happened in the past , is happening now or will happen.”

About the Author
Ana Letic was born and educated in Serbia, immigrated to Canada, and taught in public and private schools in Toronto and Mississauga. She was also involved in teaching Serbian language and literature for several years as part of the heritage program with the Toronto Board of Education. She has recently retired.

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