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Tale of Tales : Or Entertainment for Little Ones (Translation) (Paperback) (Giambattista Basile)

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Soon to be a major motion picture starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly, Toby Jones, and Vincent Cassel: a rollicking, bawdy, fantastical cycle of 50 fairy tales told by 10 storytellers over 5 daysBefore the Brothers Grimm, before Charles Perrault, before Hans Christian Andersen, there was Giambattista Basile, a seventeenth-century poet from Naples, Italy, whom the Grimms credit with recording the first national collection of fairy tales.The Tale of Tales opens with Princess Zoza, unable to laugh no matter how funny the joke. Her father, the king, attempts to make her smile; instead he leaves her cursed, whereupon the prince she is destined to marry is snatched up by another woman. To expose this impostor and win back her rightful husband, Zoza contrives a storytelling extravaganza: fifty fairy tales to be told by ten sharp-tongued women (including Zoza in disguise) over five days.Funny and scary, romantic and gruesome—and featuring a childless queen who devours the heart of a sea monster cooked by a virgin, then gives birth the very next day; a lecherous king aroused by the singing of a woman, whom he courts unaware of her physical grotesqueness; and a king who raises a flea to monstrous size on his own blood, sparking a contest in which an ogre vies with men for the hand of the king’s daughter—The Tale of Talesis a fairy-tale treasure that prefigures Game of Thrones and other touchstones of worldwide fantasy literature.
Edition: Translation
Number of Pages: 475
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Classics
Series Title: Penguin Classics
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Giambattista Basile
Language: English
Street Date: February 9, 2016
TCIN: 50242326
UPC: 9780143129141
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-3540
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