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Angel Classics The Ice Virgin: A novella

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Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales have always overshadowed his other works, among them The Ice Virgin. Paul Binding's new translation is the first to present this very special story on its own for full appreciation. Previous English translations have placed The Ice Virgin among fairy tales and classified it as one. But while Andersen uses the terrifying figure of the Ice Virgin to personify the hostile forces of nature, the tale is a novella for a mature readership, among the most ambitious of all Andersen's narratives and set firmly in the real world.

Andersen saw Switzerland as a paradigm of the human condition. The relationship between the daring young chamois hunter brought up in the Bernese Oberland and a prosperous miller.s daughter living in the comfortable French-speaking canton of Vaud plays out a complex of themes - the role of early experience in shaping personal identity; the instinctive life versus rational civilisation.

'We tend to think of Hans Christian Andersen as a writer for the young. But Denmark's greatest storyteller also brought his vivid prose style to bear in works for adults, and his gifts are on display in Paul Binding's new translation of The Ice Virgin. At once sparkling and frighteningly deep, like the glaciers that cut through the mountain passes of Switzerland in the 1850s, the story.s setting, this novella traces the fate of a handsome chamois hunter who pursues a girl of higher social rank. Andersen's writing is a joy ... Nothing in this tale makes it inappropriate for younger readers, but older ones are likelier to find resonance in Andersen's ambiguous, sophisticated vision.' Meghan Cox Gurdon, The Wall Street Journal

Title details

Series Angel Classics Title The Ice Virgin: A novella
Subject Danish Language English
Market Adolescent/Adult Level Fluent/native speakers
Publication Date August 2016 Authors Hans Christian Andersen / Paul Binding
Binding Paperback Pages 96
Size(mm) N/A Weight (gms) 130
ESB Code 55175 ISBN 9780946162895
Inspection Copy No Delivery In Stock - will be despatched next business day
  Price £8.95


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