The Snow Queen and Other Tales Author:Hans Christian Anderson "The settings of the stories range from the fragile porcelain palace of the Emperor of China to a pigsty; from the Gates of Heaven to the Devil's Anteroom; from the Cave of the Winds to the castle of the King of the Sea. We are transported in flying trunks or on the back of the East Wind, in humble wheelbarrows or in airships yet to be invented ... more »... ." Thus writes Pat Shaw Iversen, who has provided splendid new translations of these forty-seven tales. In creating these wondrous narratives, Hans Christian Anderson reworked ancient folk tradition to harmonize with his own singular sensibility, blending unsurpassed fantasy with delightfully evocative realistic detail. His vision is rich in humor, and sharp with irony; his tales reflect the poignant sadness as well as the bright joy of existence. In them readers young and old alike encounter an enduring revelation of human truth--as clear as the nakedness of the Emperor in his new clothes, or the final beauty of the Ugly Duckling--illumined by the magic art of a storyteller who ranks, in the words of Pat Shaw Iversen, as "one of the greatest literary geniuses the world has ever known."
Translated with an Introduction by Pat Shaw Iversen« less