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 contribution||The Perversion of a Fairy Tale: Primo Levi's 'La bella addormentata nel frigo'|
|Pages (from-to)||356 - 366|
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Modern Language Review|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2005|