Fairy Tales (Paperback)
New Directions, 9780811223980, 128pp.
Publication Date: April 20, 2015
Three mini-plays by the German wunderkind and asylum-dweller.
Fairy Tales gathers the unconventional verse dramolettes of the Swiss writer Robert Walser. Narrated in Walser's inimitable, playful language, these theatrical pieces overturn traditional notions of the fairy tale, transforming the Brothers Grimm into metatheater, even metareflections.
Snow White forgives the evil queen for trying to kill her, Cinderella doubts her prince and enjoys being hated by her evil stepsisters; the Fairy Tale itself is a character who encourages her to stay within the confines of the story. Sleeping Beauty, the royal family, and its retainers are not happy about being woken from their sleep by an absurd, unpretentious, Walser-like hero. Mary and Joseph are taken aback by what lies in store for their baby Jesus.
About the Author
DANIELE PANTANO (born February 10, 1976) is a poet, literary translator, editor, and scholar.
JAMES REIDEL is a poet, translator, editor, and biographer.
RETO SORG is the Director of the Robert Walser Centre in Bern.
Praise For Fairy Tales: Dramolettes…
— Walter Benjamin
A Paul Klee in prose—as delicate, as shy, as haunted. A cross between Stevie Smith and Beckett.
— Susan Sontag
If he had a hundred thousand readers, the world would be a better place.
— Hermann Hesse