In one of the most startling literary discoveries of recent years, Jack Zipes has uncovered this neglected treasure trove of Sicilian folk and fairy tales. Like the Grimm brothers before her, Laura Gonzenbach, a talented Swiss-German born in Sicily, set out to gather up the tales told and retold among the peasants. Gonzenbach collected wonderful stories - some on subjects that readers will know from the Grimms or Perrault, some entirely new - and published them in German. Her early death and the destruction of her papers in the Messina earthquake of 1908 only add to the mystery behind her achievement. Beautiful Angiola is an instant classic: a nineteenth-century collection of stories in the great tradition of fairy and folk tales now translated into English for the first time. Gonzenbach delights us with heroines and princes, sorcery and surprise, the deeds of the brave and the treacherous, and the magic of the true storyteller. The Green Bird , The Humiliated Princess , sorfarina , The Magic Cane, the Golden Donkey, and the Little Stick that Hits are titles destine to become new favourites for readers everywhere. Yet while the stories enchant us, the wry taglines with which they often end ("And so they remained rich and consoled, while we keep sitting here and are getting old") gently bring us back to earth.
"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.
Jack Zipes is Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. An acclaimed translator and scholar of children's literature and culture, his most recent books include Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller and Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children, both published by Routledge.Review:
"...a treasure...All the magic elements of the folk and fairy tales are in these stories, but with a delightfully Sicilian angle: stories where a man's word is his life, a woman can leave her home and determine her own fate, and working hard reaps reward. When I finished the last page, I knew this book was a labor of love and deserved my respect." -- Kathryn Thurman, Territorial Tattler
"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.
Book Description Routledge. Book Condition: BRAND NEW. BRAND NEW Softcover - 632pp - A Brand New Quality Book from a Full-Time Bookshop in business since 1992!. Bookseller Inventory # 2000171
Book Description Routledge, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: NEW. 9780415977227 This listing is a new book, a title currently in-print which we order directly and immediately from the publisher. Bookseller Inventory # HTANDREE0196288
Book Description Routledge, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 596 pages. 9.75x6.75x1.50 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # __0415977223
Book Description Routledge, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. New Ed. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0415977223
Book Description Routledge, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0415977223
Book Description Routledge, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110415977223