The Perversion of a Fairy Tale: Primo Levi's 'La bella addormentata nel frigo'

LVJ Benchouiha

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Abstract

This article examines Primo Levi's short story La bella addormentata nel frigo in its relation to both the traditional Sleeping Beauty story and Levi's own first work, Se questo é un uomo. It shows how Levi's distortion and inversion of fairy-tale motifs reflects the comparable distortion of normal values which he experienced as a concentration camp prisoner and which he described in Se questo é un uomo, the work which functions as the thematic foundation, substructure, and hypotext for many of Levi's later works.
Translated title of the contributionThe Perversion of a Fairy Tale: Primo Levi's 'La bella addormentata nel frigo'
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356 - 366
Number of pages11
JournalModern Language Review
Volume100(2)
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

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