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Five Adaptations of Fairy Tales

Flemish authors and illustrators have a mind of their own even when it comes to the retelling of an existing fairy tale. Flanders Literature has selected five outstanding examples for you.

Gerda Dendooven sees no problem in a feminist adaptation of ‘The Worn-Out Dancing Shoes’ by the Brothers Grimm, Sebastiaan Van Doninck depicts a Puss in Boots with a hidden agenda, and Isabelle Vandenabeele’s Red Riding Hood is not at all innocent. Carll Cneut and Peter Verhelst in turn give Andersen’s ‘The Secret of the Nightingale’s Throat’ a boost in intensity at all levels, while Anne Provoost sets her quirky take on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ in Antwerp.