But Reader beware, these are not the fairy stories of your childhood. In Zipes' translations, he attempts to maintain the original integrity of the language and events, which results in more terse and often more horrifyingly gruesome tales than the recent modern, Disneyfied adaptations with which we are familiar. For example, in the original version of "Cinderella", the stepsisters are encouraged to cut off parts of their feet to fit into the glass slipper. The Prince only discovers their deceit by the trail of blood that follows each sister as she walks to join him. The savagery and brusqueness contained within the stories are reflected in Dezsö's dark, haunting silhouette illustrations. This volume also includes a wonderful introduction by Zipes that details his research and presents the historical context of the stories. Zipes has even translated the original Grimms' prefaces and notes referencing the storytellers themselves.
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