Italian Folktales has ratings and reviews. Ahmad said: Fiabe italiane = Italian Folktales, Italo CalvinoItalian Folktales (Fiabe italiane) is. Italo Calvino and the Nature of Italian. Folktales. MARC BECKWITH. A little over thirty years ago Italo Calvino set out to provide for Italy what the Grimms had. Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more.

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There is an endless fascination to fairy and folk tales. The same tales were restored to their original form when told by my mother, who was adamant that a child should not be shielded from cruelties and horror. Needless to say, I preferred my great-aunt.

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Later on, I came to read and love the Classics Junior series of comics sadly out of print now, alas which introduced me to the Brothers Grimm Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast et aland I was hooked for life on the magic of fairy tales, and the world of make-believe and fantasy. My fascination only increased when I discovered that underneath the beauty there lay a morass of dark desires and fears, and these tales are only the tips of the icebergs of darkest human nature.


And the famous novelist did not let me down: Calvino provides informative footnotes to all tales, pointing out the similarities, sometimes giving detailed information on the teller mostly old ladies and pointing out the influence of Grimm and the later romantic legends.

In many an instance, he has combined different versions of the same story adding his own poetic embellishments to create what he deems the best version. It would be a Herculean task to analyse the stories in detail: A very satisfying read overall.

Only a word of statutory caution: Reading at a stretch would tire one out and jade the palate due to a surfeit of magic and wizardry. You are commenting tolktales your WordPress.

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Notify me of new comments via email. These pagan tales have been Christianised to a calvkno extent. The devil makes frequent appearances, but usually behaves more like the inept ogre or giant of the traditional fairy tale than the arch-fiend. There is especially a Lame Devil who is almost lovable in his bumbling inefficiency. Even though God himself does not make an appearance, there are a number of stories where angels and saints play an active part.


There is a whole cycle of stories with Jesus and Peter playing the roles of the wise master and the foolish disciple. Kings and queens are plentiful — they can be found in almost all neighbourhoods, living across the street from you.

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And when the poor servant-girl is rescued by a prince or king, the kingdom is calvuno mentioned i. Some of these tales are romances, as pointed out by Calvino: It and the Christian references indicate that the stories have come some way from their pagan origins.

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