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Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales

Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales (Hardback, illustrated edition)

By Schwitters, Kurt
Introduction by Zipes, Jack
Illustrated by Peacock, Irvine

Kurt Schwitters revolutionized the art world in the 1920s with his Dadaist Merz collages, theater performances, and poetry. But at the same time he was also writing extraordinary fairy tales that were turning the genre upside down and inside out. Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy T...ales is the first collection of these subversive, little-known stories in any language and the first time all but a few of them have appeared in English. Translated and introduced by Jack Zipes, one of the world's leading authorities on fairy tales, this book gathers thirty-two stories written between 1925 and Schwitters' death in 1948 - including a complete English-language recreation of The Scarecrow , a children's book illustrated with avant-garde typography that Schwitters created with Kate Steinitz and De Stijl founder Theo van Doesburg. Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales also includes brilliant new illustrations that evoke the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. Schwitters wrote these darkly humorous, satirical, and surreal tales at a time when traditional German fairy tales were being co-opted by the Nazis. Filled with sharp critiques of German life during the Weimar and early Nazi eras, Schwitters' tales are rich with absurdist events and insist that not everyone - and perhaps not anyone - lives happily ever after. In Lucky Hans, the starving protagonist tries to catch a rabbit only to have it shed its fur like a coat and run off naked into the forest. In other tales, a sarcastic gypsy stands in for a fairy godmother and an army recruit is arrested for growing to monstrous size. Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales is a delightfully strange and surprising book.
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ISBN 9780691139678
Replacement this title has been replaced by: 9780691160993
Released AU 1 Mar 2009
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
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Language English (translated from: English)
Series Oddly Modern Fairy Tales (part: 2)
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ISBN-13 9780691139678
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher unlisted
Imprint Princeton University Press
Released 1 Mar 2009
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, illustrated edition
Edition illustrated edition
Language English
Translated from English
Author(s) By Schwitters, Kurt
Introduction by Zipes, Jack
Illustrated by Peacock, Irvine
Series Oddly Modern Fairy Tales (part: 2)
Category Art Styles: Surrealism & Dada
Literature: Texts
General & Literary Fiction
Myth & Legend
Short Stories
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 203mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 833.912
Weight 369g
Interest Age 9-12 years
Reading Age 9-12 years
Library of Congress Schwitters, Kurt - Translations into English, Schwitters, Kurt
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade