PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Translator: Mike Mitchell
The young Goethe's collection of stories is loosely set on an aristocratic family fleeing the French Revolution. With the family quarrelling over the rights and wrongs of political action, the matriarchal Baroness pushes them to tell different ghost stories and romantic tales to distract them. Still, the work is rife with politics and driven by his apparent ideals. The book is topped off with the separate Fairy Tale, a rich allegorical tale that more clearly shows the future of the man's work.
The Fairy Tale is one of the most intriguing creations of Goethe' free-wheeling, visually oriented fancy. Tripping lightly, it leads the reader into a maze of bewilderingly unfamiliar situations arousing his curiosity at every turn.