illustrated by Nikolaus Heidelbach
- date of publication: 23.09.2019
- 816 Pages
- Hanser Verlag
- ISBN 978-3-446-26374-1
- Deutschland: 58,00 €
- Österreich: 59,70 €
As a child, Michael Köhlmeier listened to and read fairy tales, just like all of us. Today he writes the fairy tales of our time. And for each one, there is a mysterious picture by Nikolaus Heidelbach: the sad woman, the envious doctor, snow flower and ‘Kasgsichtl’.
“The fairy tale doesn’t ask, and it doesn’t answer. It doesn’t explain anything. It simply is. We’re tempted to compare it to natural phenomena. To a flower – because of its beauty. To a wolf – because of its indifferent cruelty,” is how Michael Köhlmeier explains his fairy tales. He doesn’t retell well-known topics, but comes up with inventions of his own in the form of disturbing, eerie stories.
And beyond the wolves, unequal siblings, talking animals and silent people, beyond even the moon, the old yet important question from the “secret of all secret fairy tales” rises: What became of the first humans, Adam and Eve, after they were expelled from the garden of Eden? Michael Köhlmeier’s incomparable book reveals how they lived happily ever after.