The book presents a collection of folktales in the Herati dialect of the Afghan Persian language, in Latin-based transliteration and English translation, supplied by phonetic and grammatical commentaries, explanations of cultural terms, and preceded by an introduction with a review of the Herati dialect. Based on academically informed fieldwork and presented in a scientific fashion, the materials were collected by the author during field research in Afghanistan in the 1980s from illiterate dialect speakers (a category which has preserved the dialect the most in terms of purity and entirety).
Includes bibliographical references.
On April 4, 2018, the conference dedicated to the 200th Birth Anniversary of V.P. Vasilyev (1818-1900), entitled Academician V.P. Vasilyev as a Researcher of History and Culture of China, Tibet and Mongolia, will be held.