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Lucky Hans and Other Merz Fairy Tales

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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 Tales is the first collection of these subversive, little-known stories in any language and the

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Hardcover, 235 pages
Published March 22nd 2009 by Princeton University Press
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Rhonda
Jul 03, 2012 Rhonda rated it it was ok
Put any traditional idea of the definition of "fairy tales" out of your mind.
Stephanie Griffin
Aug 11, 2011 Stephanie Griffin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who are interested in German literature.
Kurt Schwitters wrote this collection of fairy tales between 1925-1946, mostly in Germany but some while he was in exile in Norway. In his tales Schwitters takes aim at German society and the rise of Hitler.
Most of the protagonists do not end up happy.
Although the stories were unusual, not many of them stick in my mind. They didn’t have enough action for me. Maybe they were just too short. Schwitters has a very low-key writing style that kept the excitement to a minimum. I read this book because
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Cooper Renner
Mar 01, 2016 Cooper Renner rated it it was amazing
Offbeat, non-mainstream, "subversive," delightful: not every tale is classic, but the best are. A fine collection.
Neda
Dec 10, 2014 Neda rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
That was interesting for me, as I came to learn something about German fairy tales :)
Oriana
Jul 10, 2009 Oriana marked it as to-read
From City Lights: For fans of: the magical and grotesque, small animals, dada, storms, the exploration of human joy and desperation, fairy tales, Kurt Schwitters, surrealism, dark humor. These stories are delightful and morbid, strange and beautiful, and the introduction, illustrations and notes richly complement the unique perspective of the dadaist artist who created "Merz", Kurt Schwitters. This book is wonderful.
Robert Costic
Sep 15, 2013 Robert Costic rated it it was amazing
When I read this book I think I must be the reincarnated soul of Kurt Schwitters, because every one of these tales seems to speak directly to my thinking. They are brutal and hilarious.
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Recommended by Maia, a City Lights Publishers editor.
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