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(A post for the community [ profile] told_tales

Went to the library a while back and found a book with folktales from different parts of Europe and Asia. Naturally, I picked it up to see if it was anything interesting, but in the end, what made me borrow it was not the stories but the illustrations.

Hans Arnold was born in Switzerland in 1925, studied art in Luzern and came to Sweden in 1948. Here, he has been mostly recognized for his horror illustrations but he has also worked with folk- and fairytales, which is why I picked this book up. When I was young I read a lot of the collections of ghost stories he'd illustrated, books you now may find in many Swedish schools and Summer camps, and which used to haunt me quite a bit when I was a child.

As far as I know, he's not that renowned outside of Scandinavia. So I decided to post them here. I've tried to post the original titles of the stories and translations, but they're not always available and sometimes the Swedish titles have been changed...

A little bit of this, and a little of that... )

If you're interested in more of Hans Arnold's works, there are a number of smaller examples on his website.

I hope you enjoyed. :)

P.S. Yes F-List, I'm back from Italy. Expect posts on the subject when I'm not completely drained.

June 2016

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