The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold by Kate Bernheimer

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The Complete Tales of Ketzia Gold is a lavishly poetic novel that draws upon the motifs of traditional German, Russian and Yiddish folklore and fairy stories to recount the visionary obsessions of a passionate young woman. The narrative moves freely through time and space, uniting Ketzia Gold's early childhood with her sexual awakenings, creating a dreamscape of haunting vividness. Marked by a logical illogic and disarmingly sane madness, this haunting and innovative fable creates an emotional landscape that's as impossible to escape as it is for young Ketzia to inhabit. Kate Bernheimer interweaves hypnotic imagery and everyday life, moving back and forth through time, piecing together the fragments of memory and imagination with an obsessive lyricism that recalls the poetic fictions of Carol Maso. Bernheimer's story is a rich tapestry, patterned with childhood longings and the luxuriant complexity of womanhood.

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KATE BERNHEIMER is the founder and editor of the literary journal Fairy Tale Review as well as the author of two novels and a children's book and the editor of two other anthologies of original short fiction. She lives in Tucson, Arizona. GREGORY MAGUIRE is the bestselling author of Wicked, the basis for the Tony Award–winning Broadway musical of the same name. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Published February 1, 2002 by Fiction Collective 2. 140 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It has a fairy tale “feel” that I hope functions for readers, and also, I worked very hard on paring down the motifs of the novel, striving to keep it very precise and almost -– dare I say -– “easy.” So, though its system of references is complex, and I got many of the images and patterns for the...

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Strange Horizons

Ketzia's reflections on her findings illuminate the old tale's meaning with contemporary details from Ketzia's modern world:.

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Project MUSE

rather, the reminiscences flow forth intuitively, with current events in Ketzia's life giving way to childhood memories, clarifying the reasons for her choices and actions through the usage of fairy tale tropes as the keys to Ketzia's motivations.

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