Friday, September 12, 2014

Calvino's "The False Grandmother"

A story from Italo Calvino's Italian Folktales (1956; which, as the title suggests, is a collection of Italian folktales), The False Grandmother has obvious ties to the medieval French folktale, Little Red Riding Hood, and illustrates many of the classic tropes of folktales (e.g. pathetic fallacy, the rule of three, etc).  Embedded here is the story as read by John Turturro (Barton Fink) and illustrated by Kevin Ruelle.

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