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Book Discussions images One of“The Wild Swan and Other Tales” by Michael Cunningham Corpus Publishing, translated from English by Dmitry Karelsky Following the novel “The Snow Queen”, which appeared three years ago, the American Michael Cunningham released a collection of classic fairy tales that were slightly rewritten in a modern way. Most of them, of course, read like a fascinating experiment with form and nothing more – just another attempt to undermine the genre framework. However, Cunningham even contrives to turn such gymnastics for the mind into texts that are easy and verified to the last letter. Actually, Cunningham’s only task in this collection is to present the entire inversion. Sometimes it’s enough for him to plunge the fairy-tale plot into the gross reality of the modern ghetto, another to instill in Rumpelstiltskin a passion for vulgar psychoanalysis. The handsome prince in his interpretation over the years of marriage with Snow White never got rid of the perverse passion for “reviving” the dead beauties. Hansel and Gretel – tattooed, govopovye teenagers – not having eaten candy rails and gingerbread bricks, gobbled up the poor, lonely witch.

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