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Tales of Innocence and Experience: An Exploration; Eva Figes

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In a German language class at community college (I went on for the full 4-year degree) I once stood up in a “bring us something of the culture” day of the class.

I wither at the idea of standing in front of audiences and speaking. But this I did confidently as I presented and read from a Grimm Brothers’ book of fairytales.

The imagery of fairytales and such “cautionary tales” sticks with a person and a culture for a long time. And as the title of this book by author Eva Figes suggests, they launch us into worlds of pining for innocence and living a life of growing experience.

However, the suggestion of the title is rooted in reality, not fairytales. Figes weaves a continium of life, from her grandmother to her own granddaughter in wartime Germany, circa 1941.

LA TIMES review : Beautifully written by Merle Rubin

[reg req. – U: laexaminer, P: laexaminer]

BBC interview.

Article – London Guardian: It’s a Nan’s World

N.B. Bloomsbury is the UK publisher of the Harry Potter series. Coincidence?

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Always been a writer, always maintained an interest in politics, how people communicate and fantasy worlds within photography and books. Previously wrote for Blogcritics back in 2005 and interested in exploring the issues and topics I'm interested - the changing landscape of entertainment. all from the POV of a creator first, consumer, second.