Amoralische Fabeln

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Wenger, Lisa
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1920
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My one find in the short time I had in Stuttgart after taking a train in for a lunch with Friedo Ricken, who trained in from Munich. There are twenty-six stories of four-to-six pages each touching critically and mockingly on social mores, particularly dealing with marriage, diversity, and how to get along in society. Most frequently cheery, like the good Das unschuldige Lämmlein (19) or So oder So! (27), but sometimes tragic and pointed, like Der weiße Maulwurf (14). In the very first story ( Was das Schäfchen sagen darf und was nicht! ), a female lamb learns to say neither that she wants to marry nor that she wants not to marry; rather she should just stay silent until she is engaged, and then she can say whatever she wants. Das Festessen (34) may be the funniest story in the first half of the book. Das kluge Huhn (50) tells of a dumb hen who was wise enough to be silent with men and to ask women about their children. One or two quarter-page illustrations per fable. Maybe the best illustration stands across from the T of C at the back: a bespectacled bird looks down on the Finis page of a book.
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Eugen Diederichs
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