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Prepare to be amazed: the story of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra

1 February 2020

9:00 AM

1 February 2020

9:00 AM

Tyll Daniel Kehlmann, translated from the German by Ross Benjamin

Riverrun, pp.473, £11.50

anna asMany of our favourite folk tales have lost much of their original Gothic horror in later versions. By contrast, Daniel Kehlmann’s retelling of the legend of Ulenspiegel, moved to the 17th century, is full of nightmares. Worse than imaginary fears awaiting travellers in the forest are real ones: hunger, cold, war, plague, torture ‘more refined and dreadful than anything the great painters of the inferno had dreamed’.

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