June 5th, 2014

Golden Hair

Italian Folktales

Italian Folktales by Italo Calvino

Calvino wanted to be Italy's Brothers Grimm.  Not in the sense of collecting the tales, which folklorists had been doing, but creating a popular collection.  This is the result, down to the 200 tales.  He notes that  he also, like the Grimms, spruced up the tales.  Unlike them, he put in end notes about what tales he combined, and what little details he added.  (He went by the language and not by the country's borders.)
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