Witches Abroad

Witches Abroad

infobox Discworld|id=12th novel – 3rd witches story
characters=Granny Weatherwax Nanny Ogg Magrat Garlick
motifs=Fairy tales, voodoo and tourism
publisher=Victor Gollancz
ISBNH=ISBN 0-575-04980-4
ISBNP=ISBN 0-552-13465-1

"Witches Abroad" is the twelfth "Discworld" novel by Terry Pratchett, originally published in 1991. It is the third "witches" story.

Plot summary

It features Granny Weatherwax (introduced in "Equal Rites"), and her two associate witches, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick (introduced in "Wyrd Sisters"). They visit Genua, on the other side of the continent, where they confront Granny's sister, Lily Weatherwax, who is manipulating people using the power of stories.

The plot contains references to many fairy tales and fantasy novels, including "Little Red Riding Hood", "Sleeping Beauty", "Cinderella", and "The Frog Prince". There are also brief references to Gollum, and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz". The characters themselves recognize and acknowledge that other stories are influencing the plot.

Another main theme is that of Voodoo. One of the characters is a voodoo witch named Erzulie Gogol (Erzulie is the name of a voodoo goddess, Gogol a Russian author who wrote about "Dead Souls" ), and a zombie named Baron Saturday (which is an obvious reference to Baron Samedi).


*Вещици в чужбина (Bulgarian)
*"Čarodějky na cestách" (Czech)
*"Heksen in de Lucht" (Dutch, "Witches in the Air")
*"Nõiad võõrsil" (Estonian)
*"Noitia maisemissa" (Finnish)
*"Mécomptes de Fées" (French)
*"Total Verhext" (German)
*מכשפות בחוץ לארץ ("Mikhshefot BeHutz LaAretz") (Hebrew)
*"Vége a mesének" (lit. "The tale is over") (Hungarian)
*"Hekser på Tur" (Norwegian)
*"Wyprawa czarownic" (Polish)
*"Quando As Bruxas Viajam" (Portuguese)
*Ведьмы за границей (Russian)
*"Veštice na putu" (Serbian)
*"Brujas de Viaje" (Spanish)
*"Häxor i faggorna" (Swedish)

External links

* [http://www.lspace.org/books/apf/witches-abroad.html Annotations for "Witches Abroad"]
* [http://www.lspace.org/books/pqf/witches-abroad.html Quotes from "Witches Abroad"]
* [http://www.lspace.org/books/synopses/witches-abroad.html Synopsis for "Witches Abroad"]

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