An English translation of 19th and 20th century French versions of your favorite stories, made “deliciously cruel” by the likes of Baudelaire and Apollinaire, hit bookstores earlier this month.
Fairy Tales for the Disillusioned revealed another side to characters fondly remembered from childhood. From a masochistic Cinderella, horribly submissive to her stepsisters, to a Little Red Riding Hood as a “trickster” (“I did 20 years hard labor while the slut inherited her grandmother’s savings”… um, okay, Mr Wolf…) – these tales are definitely not for little girls and boys.
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