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Tales of Innocence and Experience

Tales of Innocence and Experience

(2003)
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'This is a story of childhood, of innocence and its fragility. Of the particular bond between the very old and the very young, living on the edge, sharing the moment. It is a special kind of love story. The wolf, anyhow, is always part of the plot.'

Tales of Innocence and Experience is a captivating exploration of the relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter as a second baby is about to be born. Alive to the special sweetness of this relationship, Eva Figes also explores the darker side of childhood. How in fairy tales such as 'Snow White', 'Little Red Riding Hood' and 'Hansel and Gretel' difficult emotions like jealousy and anger, fear of death and abandonment are evoked and transformed by the storyteller's art.

When the little girl begins asking innocent questions about her grandmother's own childhood, she unwittingly opens a door into the past. We are told the tale of the author's privileged Berlin childhood, which was brutally shattered when her family escaped from the Nazis to England, leaving her grandparents behind. But now she is so deep in the forest of the past she finds she must confront the demons that have haunted her since, as a thirteen-year-old, she came to understand how those beloved grandparents died.
The relationship between innocence and experience is complex. So while the inquisitive child opens a door into the dark, by doing so she also allows her grandmother the chance we all seek to sneak back into the garden of innocence.

 
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Hardback Editions

March 2003 : UK Hardback
Title: Tales of Innocence and Experience: An Exploration
Author(s): Eva Figes
ISBN: 0-7475-6024-2 / 978-0-7475-6024-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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April 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: Tales of Innocence and Experience
Author(s): Eva Figes
ISBN: 1-58234-259-8 / 978-1-58234-259-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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Audio Editions

October 2003 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: Tales of Innocence and Experience
Author(s): Eva Figes
ISBN: 0-7531-1844-0 / 978-0-7531-1844-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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