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The Brothers Grimm turn 200
 
 
November 2012 saw the two-hundredth anniversary of the publication of Grimms Märchen, which has become the most published, most translated and best-known book in German literary history. The jubilee has been marked by a wealth of publications in German and English, from new editions of the tales to fictional and graphic re-imaginings, both bringing back the lesser-known fairytales and rejuvenating (or in some cases, re-darkening) the most famous classics. By Jen Calleja.
 

NEW GRIMM top

Grimm Tales for Young and Old

Grimm Tales for Young and Old
Lupe
Philip Pullman
Penguin
 
Award-winning His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a ‘clear as water’ retelling. Though keeping a hold on the classics, he has also selected lesser-known tales such as ‘The Three Snake Leaves’, ‘Hans my Hedgehog’ and ‘Godfather Death’. Each story is followed by a brief commentary on its background and history and the collection opens with Pullman’s introduction to get to the heart of the tales’ meaning and importance.
 
‘Pullman adds himself to the great line of storytellers, achieving his aim of clarity, as well as a sense of these tales as living, mutable things that still transmit deep truths.’
– Daily Telegraph

Grimms Erben

Grimms Erben
Lupe
Florian Weber
Walde-Graf
 
Ignatz is a storyteller – or, rather, a fairytale-teller. When he is murdered by the Nazis during the war, his brother Zacharias dons his storytelling mantle and lives out his years in a fantastical world of his own making. That is, until he mysteriously disappears and his grandson August begins to exact brutal revenge on his tormentors. Florian Weber (who is also drummer and lyricist for the band Sportfreunde Stiller) reinterprets the Grimms’ tales in this novel full of dark humour and anarchic wit.
 
‘Florian Weber ... achieves with Grimms Erben his contribution to the Grimm Year 2013: it’s imaginative, allusive, witty, and also gruesome.’– ZDF Aspekte, Dunja Stamer

Grimms Märchen ohne Worte

Grimms Märchen ohne Worte
Lupe
Frank Flöthmann
DuMont
 
DuMont Verlag, renowned in particular for its visual arts titles, presents a quirky alternative to the oral tradition of the Grimms: a highly striking graphic novel without a single word. ‘After all, just between us, the brothers were real blabbermouths ... and isn’t there already quite enough talking in the world?’ Frank Flöthmann’s book of ‘silent movie versions’ of Grimm is released in March 2013 and presents the well-known tales as they have never been seen before ...

Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann

Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann
Lupe
Selected and translated by Peter Wortsman
Penguin
 
The book is a new collection of darkly funny stories written in German over the past 200 years selected and translated by Peter Wortsman, by authors ranging from the Brothers Grimm, Hoffmann and von Chamisso, to Musil, Mynona and Kurt Schwitters. Wortsman’s informative introduction sets out to show that there was much before Kafka; and also much after him. It includes Hoffmann’s hallucinatory portrait of terror and insanity ‘The Sandman’; Chamisso’s influential black masterpiece ‘Peter Schlemiel’; Kafka’s disturbing satire ‘In the Penal Colony’; the Dadaist surrealism of Kurt Schwitters’ ‘The Onion’; and Bachmann’s modern fairy tale ‘The Secrets of the Princess of Kagran’.

GRIMM FOR CHILDREN top

Grimms Märchen

Grimms Märchen
Lupe
Illustrated by Ruth Koser-Michaëls
Knauer
 
From ‘Hansel and Gretel’ to ‘Rapunzel’ to ‘Snow White’ – Koser-Michaëls’ lush, traditional illustrations present the most-famous of the fairytales for grandparents to give, parents to read aloud, and children to be amazed by.
 
‘A first-class anthology’– KULT!

Die Brüder Grimm und das Rätsel des Froschkönigs

Die Brüder Grimm und das Rätsel des Froschkönigs
Lupe
Andreas Venzke, illustrated by Klaus Puth and Joachim Knappe
Arena
 
Jakob and Wilhelm lived for the German language and its origins – with feather quill in hand, no research task was too troublesome for the inseparable brothers. Venzke puts a twist on Grimm fairytales by telling the tale of the brothers themselves through this authentic biographical story with more sophisticated illustrations aimed at older children.

Aschenputtel, der goldene Schuh und der Prinz mit der Beule

Aschenputtel, der goldene Schuh und der Prinz mit der Beule
Lupe
Kirsten John, illustrated by
Bianca Schaalburg
Arena
 
Mia and her frog Jakob have fallen into the story of Cinderella by accident. Of course they want to go home, but first they must convince the Prince of who his real bride is: and it’s absolutely not Mia! Even if the golden slipper fits, and she looks a lot like Cinderella ...

Küss den Wolf:
Rotkäppchens zauberhafte Lovestory

Küss den Wolf:<br />Rotkäppchens zauberhafte Lovestory
Lupe
Gabriella Engelmann
Arena
 
Pippa is in love with Leo, the most attractive and charming guy the world has ever seen! Happy as ever, she is on her way to her Grandmother’s, but in the idyllic cottage in the woods one inexplicable disaster happens after another. Something’s going on, and Pippa wonders what the mysterious Marc has to do with it ...

A SELECTION OF NEW EDITIONS OF THE CLASSICS top

Grimms Märchenreise: Ein Wimmelbuch

Grimms Märchenreise: Ein Wimmelbuch
Lupe
Thienemann

Re-issued GDR edition of the Märchen

Re-issued GDR edition of the Märchen
Lupe
Illustrated by Werner Klemke
Beltz

Sieben auf einen Streich
(Seven in one blow)

Sieben auf einen Streich<br />(Seven in one blow)
Lupe
NordSüd

Der Froschkönig (The Frog Prince)

Der Froschkönig (The Frog Prince)
Lupe
Coppenrath

COMING UP FOR GRIMM IN REAL LIFE:
 
 

‘Märchenwelten’ Exhibition at the
Goethe-Institut London
3–22 June 2013
 
The Goethe-Institut London is celebrating the Grimms’ bicentenary with a worldwide fairytale exhibition for children and young people.
 
 
 


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