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Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless - Catherynne M. Valente

Fairy tales never die. They just get retold. I suspect it's because fairy tales have a little piece of truth at their core that keeps them ever-relevant. Last year, I had the pleasure of reading Angela Carter's short story collection, The Bloody Chamber, which retold a number of European fairy tales like Bluebeard and Beauty and the Beast. Catherynne Valente's Deathless does something similar for Russian fairy tales by retelling the story of Marya Morevna and Koschei the Deathless against the background of the Russian Revolution, Civil War, the Purges, and the Siege of Leningrad...


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