18 September, 2021

Bizarre Fairy Tale Adaptations

The True Story of Hansel and Gretel: A Novel of War and Survival, Louise Murphyhansel

Hansel and Gretel are Polish Jews on the run in Nazi-occupied Poland, taken in by an aged woman named Magda, who the neighbors call a witch. Murphy expertly inverts the story, and plays the horrors of war against the assumed magic of fairy tale; inside versus outside. We suppose this one makes sense, in a brutal sort of way (that looming oven!), but we still find it unsettling.

1 thought on “Bizarre Fairy Tale Adaptations

  1. I have another one to add to the list: “Twisted Fairy Tales” by Maura McHugh, illustrated by Jane Laurie. I got side tracked a bit, but once I’ve finished reading it, I’ll be reviewing it for LitStack!

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